Finding a "form to contain [the mess]" is one way that poet and 2013 Pew Fellow Jenn McCreary describes her motivation for writing. An avid note-taker, she tasks herself to find forms for disparate ideas.
McCreary’s collections have centered on the woman’s role in the “heroic quest”: as healer and caretaker (:a doctrine of signatures:, Singing Horse Press, 2002); mother and lover (:ab ovo:, Dusie Press, 2009); and maiden, witch, or crone (& now my feet are maps, Dusie Press, 2014). Since 1998, she has co-edited ixnay press with poet Chris McCreary, publishing chapbooks and journals of new and experimental writing. worrywort, McCreary’s collaboration with 2011 Pew Fellow Pattie McCarthy, was recently published in 2014 by Little Red Leaves Textile Editions.