Jenny Husk

From Upset Press

Jenny Husk received her MFA from Brooklyn College. Her poems have appeared in Brooklyn Review, Connecticut River Review, New Note Poetry, Absinthe Revival, and Rougarou. Her first book, Vocalises, was published by Upset Press.

After teaching as an adjunct professor, Jenny became an ICU nurse in the midst of a pandemic. Writing poetry remains a vital part of her life. Currently, she lives in Cincinnati with her family, while pursuing a DNP in psychiatry at the University of Cincinnati.


Vocalises by Jenny Husk

Cover Art by Erin Carney

Published by Upset Press

On the back cover: "In the poems of Jenny Husk the world is a membrane words bounce against and poke into, skating on the scrim then delving below in quick sharp digs of fragment, image, and gut-punch. This work is 'river dialogue' and 'glare on the surface' all at once, achieving experiment, a sustained rhetoric, intimacy and political weight in one go. If Van Gogh graffitied 'The Starry Night' on an urban wall then broke it apart with a mallet, you might get at something resembling the rough and precious texture of a Husk poem. Her register is horizon-wide & she jumps its length in a blink: the same stanza holds 'rooms of dust' and 'harmony,' then enjoins us to 'hack the map' and 'tag it city-wide.' This is a skateboard train anyone wishing to journey the sidewalk, desert, star, and cerebellum should hop on, presto." --Ana Božičević "Stars of the Night Commute" (Tarpaulin Sky Press, 2010)


"Blood and Soil" forthcoming in Notre Dame Review

"This Thing with Feathers" in New Note Poetry

"The Life of Hands" in Rougarou 

"3 am," and "Dinner Table" in Connecticut River Review

"Hand in Errors" in Gestalten

"Bag of Havoc" in Absinthe Revival

"What Van Gogh Knows" in Brooklyn Review 19

Vocalises reading, New York City, 2012