11) Jessie Lynn McMains

Jessie Lynn McMains served as the 11th Racine Writer-in-Residence, from July-December 2021. She is a cross-genre writer, small press publisher, and spoken word performer. She has been publishing her own and others’ work in zines and books since 1994, and currently runs Bone & Ink Press, a small press that focuses on boosting the voices of marginalized writers. She is the author of several books, most recently Wisconsin Death Trip and The Loneliest Show On Earth. She has been performing spoken word across the U.S. and Canada since 1998, and her spoken word album, Self-Portrait with Ghosts and Trains, was released by Hello America Stereo Cassette in July 2021. She was the 2016-17 Poet Laureate of Racine, WI, and was the recipient of the 2019 Hal Prize for Poetry. She’s in love with the undying spirit of punk rock, and believes in the power of storytelling to both transform and heal. Find more at her website recklesschants.net.

July 2021

International Zine Month

Why Bother? (we set out to change the world & ended up just changing ourselves)

Jack Kerouac in Racine

READ MORE POETRY (#thesealeychallenge)

August 2021

Let’s Be Bad

All Men Are Free / DCxHC


tell me all of your secrets

September 2021

The Transverberation of Frida Kahlo

I Dream A Highway

Magic Gardens

Revolution Poet-Style Now!

October 2021

A Field Guide to Ghosts and Cryptids of Southeast Wisconsin

“I guess there’s just a meanness in this world” (Murder Ballads and Death Songs)

Dear Peter Lorre—

Haunting, Haunted, Haunts

Halloween (The Devil’s Ball)

November 2021

One Long Longing

Love Song during Riot with Many Voices

“you would die, or be happy forever”

December 2021

All That’s Left/All I’ve Ever Known

Jesus of Western Avenue & The Apostles of Humboldt Park

This is a Public Service Announcement with Xerox and Toner: writing & publishing perzines

Finishing the Hat

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