Jeannie E. Roberts


Jeannie E. Roberts writes for both adults and children.  Her fourth book, Romp and Ceremony, a full-length poetry collection, is forthcoming from Finishing Line Press.  She is the author of Beyond Bulrush, a full-length poetry collection (Lit Fest Press, 2015), Nature of it All, a poetry chapbook (Finishing Line Press, 2013), and the author and illustrator of Let's Make Faces!, a children's book (2009). Her work appears in books, and in print and online literary journals and anthologies, including An Ariel Anthology, Blue Heron Review, Conversation:  the sacred art, Practicing Presence in an Age of Distraction (Skylight Paths Publishing), Deepening Engagement:  Essential Wisdom for Listening and Leading with Purpose, Meaning and Joy (Skylight Paths Publishing), Festival of Language's Festival Writer, Grieving with Your Whole Heart:  Spiritual Wisdom and Practice for Finding Comfort, Hope and Healing after Loss (Skylight Paths Publishing), Misty Mountain Review, Nancy Drew Anthology:  Writing & Art Featuring Everybody's Favorite Female Sleuth, Off the Coast, Portage Magazine, Presence, An International Journal of Spiritual Direction, Quill and Parchment, Silver Birch Press, The Poeming Pigeon, A Literary Journal of Poetry, Verse Wisconsin, Winter of Elves (North Star Press), Yellow Chair Review and elsewhere.  In 2007, her poem, "La Luz," won first place in the Green Bay Symphony Orchestra’s statewide poetry contest.  Musical composer Daniel Kellogg set her poem to music via an orchestral score with choir.  In 2008, this new work was performed by the Green Bay Symphony Orchestra with the Dudley Birder Chorale.  Her public readings include Weidner Center for the Performing Arts, Wisconsin Public Radio and other venues.  She has a B.S. in secondary education and M.A. in arts and cultural management.  Born in Minneapolis, Minnesota, Jeannie lives in Eau Claire, Wisconsin, where she works, writes, draws and paints, and often photographs her natural surroundings.  Learn more about her at


Romp and Ceremony, Finishing Line Press, forthcoming

Beyond Bulrush, Lit Fest Press, 2015, $16.00 plus shipping
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Nature of it All, Finishing Line Press, 2013, $14.00 plus shipping
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Let's Make Faces!, Rhyme the Roost Books, 2009, $9.99 plus shipping and handling
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The Punctuation of Ferns

Like snail shells
nestled in crooks
of question marks,

fiddleheads coil,
cap fronds, within
ponds of noonday sun.

Spirals unfurl, respond
without question, roll
out the answer, clarify

meaning in the fleeting
nature of time; only
to rest, repose, after

accentuating glens,
underlining gullies,
hyphenating ditches

with dashes of green,
upon making their mark,
completing this seasonal

sentence, before fading
to full stop and finishing
with periodic ending points.

Phoenix Park in Summer

At the Confluence
of the Eau Claire and Chippewa Rivers

In late December,
when snow drifts
and icicles freeze,
when horizon’s cold haze
sparks a remembrance,

I recall
each buoyant note,
the vocal float of quartets
blending, mending,
sowing joy across crowds,

couples strolling,
as rock ’n’ roll fills the air,
and children dancing—
defining beats
in the heat on the labyrinth

at Phoenix. Here
everything rises,
as community
and current unite.