Jessy Randall puts words on pictures sometimes

A Day in Boyland Wandora Interruptions Injecting

visual poems | "netcessary" lit | readings | Library Shenanigans

RECENT PUBLICATIONS:

"Weird Bunny 3" in Storm Cellar, August 2018.

"Library" in disClosure, August 2018.

"A True Story about Laurie Anderson and a Bicycle Built for Two" in Quail Bell Magazine, July 2018.

"Cassini's Mini-Packets Home," with audio, in Strange Horizons, July 2018.

15 comics in Roanoke Review, June 2018.

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Photo by Wendy Lovell

books

How to Tell If You Are Human: Diagram Poems, Pleiades Press, forthcoming fall 2018.

Instructions for playground games become descriptions of complex emotions. Illustrations of household objects become melancholic feminist ruminations. A map of a museum now helps visitors find a good place to make out.

   

"The ultimate user manual for human existence. Finally, it all makes sense!" -- Charlie Jane Anders, author of All the Birds in the Sky

 

 

There Was an Old Woman: Poems, Unicorn Press, December 2015. Small format: 5 x 4 inches.

Each prose poem in this collection includes a line from Mother Goose.

 

Suicide Hotline Hold Music: Poems, Red Hen Press, April 2016. Poems and poetry comics.

"Playfully expands the boundaries of both poetry and comics.” -- James Kochalka

 

Interruptions: Collaborative Poems, with Daniel M. Shapiro, Pecan Grove Press, 2011.

"A lively, playful collection of poems..."
-- Pittsburgh Magazine

 

Injecting Dreams into Cows: Poems, Red Hen Press, September 2012.

"Full of fresh insights and some nice wildnesses." -- X.J. Kennedy

 

The Wandora Unit: A Novel, Ghost Road Press, 2009.

"Like a John Hughes movie about the Bloomsbury Group" -- Charlie Jane Anders

  A Day in Boyland

A Day in Boyland: Poems, Ghost Road Press, 2007. A finalist for the Colorado Book Award.

"Makes you want to jump on the couch and yell, I love this poet!" -- Leonard Gontarek

 

 

poetry chapbooks
[What is a chapbook?]

What If You Were Happy for Just One Second: Instructional Diagrams, with Daniel M. Shapiro, BOAAT Press, 2014. Free digital download.

  Miniature book, Big by Little and Little by Big, Fishtales Press, 2003.  

Broken Heart Diet and Other Food Poems, signed, limited edition chapbook, Unicorn Press, 2006.   Because Mona is in the Psychiatric Hospital, Pudding House, 2005.
         
Slumber Party at the Aquarium, signed, limited edition chapbook, Unicorn Press, 2004.   Dorothy Surrenders, electronic, illustrated chapbook of Wizard of Oz poems, 2River, 1999.



         

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science fiction (selected)

"A Different Kind of Stupid," "I Have a Remote," "The Mirror Speaks," and two Annie Jump Cannon poems in Asimov's

"Alphabet Island" in Flurb
"
The Lollyball Problem" in Escape into Life
" The Hedon-Ex Anomaly," "You Don't Even Have a Rabbit," and "Anonymized Orgies, Inc." in Lady Churchill's Rosebud Wristlet
"The Seductiveness of the Memory Hole" in The Magazine of Speculative Poetry
"Maybe a Witch Lives There" in Mythic Delirium
"Unt Not Invent System" in Opium (Literary Death Match video)
"Crackling Octopus" and other poems in Star*Line
"Cassini's Mini-Packets Home," "Food Diary of Gark the Troll," and "Helmets of the Future" in Strange Horizons
"Frakking Toasters: The Language of Battlestar Galactica," "The Night of the Red Butterflies" and "The Baby Downstairs" in Theaker's

           

humor (selected)

"Everyone's Hair in Middle School," "New Pay-Per-View Channels," "Mundane Dreams," and "What the People Who Used to Live in My House Apparently Said to Each Other Before Selling It to Me" in McSweeney's Internet Tendency
"Seven Things Total Strangers Apparently Think It’s Perfectly Appropriate to Say to a Woman Discreetly Breastfeeding in Public" in Mountain Man Dance Moves: McSweeney's Book of Lists
"Breastfeeding Tips from the Experts" in Brain, Child

 

   

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"Wizard Words: The Literary, Latin, and Lexical Origins of Harry Potter's Vocabulary," in Verbatim: The Language Quarterly, Spring 2001. Reprint, "The Fascinating Language of Harry Potter" in Readings on J.K. Rowling (Greenhaven Press, 2004). A PDF of the article is here.   Guest editor, Snakeskin, annual theme issues on fatherhood, motherhood, deadly sins, fairy tales, libraries, the alphabet, school, collaborations, toys, work, food, found poems, poetry comics, monsters, friendship, and numbers/mathematics.

 

   

 

Interviews in Colorado Collective, The Nervous Breakdown, Folded Word Press, Poemeleon, Murder Your Darlings, Escape into Life, and Little Myths. Audio interviews at KRFC and at KRCC about A Day in Boyland, Injecting Dreams into Cows, and things found in books.   Suzie | Karen | "Santa Clause is Socrates" | Colorado Poets Center | Poetry Foundation | Poet Tips


 

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