Lesley Jenike is the author of Ghost of Fashion (CW Books, 2009) as well as chapbooks The Folly Garden (Gold Wake Press) and How We Came Ashore (forthcoming from Dancing Girl Press). Her poems have appeared or are forthcoming in Poetry, The Gettysburg Review, Gulf Coast, The Southern Review, Sou’wester, Blackbird, POOL, Verse, Rattle, The Birmingham Poetry Review, and other journals. She has been awarded fellowships and scholarships from the Virginia Center for Creative Arts, The Ohio Arts Council, and the Sewanee Writers’ Conference.
"Even the smallest of these poems is a noisy engine of the kind that might have powered an ocean liner from the shores of New England to Henry James's Europe and back again. You feel the heat of the boiler in every one, hear the hiss of the steam. And what rich cargo! As compassionate as she is wise, Lesley Jenike traffics in the secrets of the human heart, the most priceless merchandise of all."
"Lesley Jenike's Holy Island is an exquisite hymn to dwelling—in place, in home, in memory, in divinity, in art, in body. Using austere Monhegan Island, Maine as a lodestone, these wildly intelligent and intricately crafted poems take off on a sweeping geographic and emotional journey that plumbs the very heart of what it means to make art, via Europe and Ohio, Benjamin Britten and Mark Rothko, The Last Supper and surf shatter. With elegant syntax and lush imagery, Jenike deftly navigates the rocky waters of world and self, leaving powerful poems in her wake."
Gold Wake Press