Meet the Member: January Gill O'Neil

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January Gill O'Neil - Poet & Professor

TWITTER: @januaryoneil

INSTA: @jgill27494

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January Gill O’Neil is the author of Rewilding (fall 2018), Misery Islands (2014), and Underlife (2009), published by CavanKerry Press. She is an assistant professor of English at Salem State University, and boards of trustees member with the Association of Writers and Writing Programs (AWP) and Montserrat College of Art. From 2012-2018, she served as executive director of the Massachusetts Poetry Festival. A Cave Canem fellow, January’s poems and articles have appeared in the Academy of American Poets’ Poem-A-Day series, American Poetry Review, New England Review, Ploughshares and Ecotone, among others. In 2018, January was awarded a Massachusetts Cultural Council grant, and was named the John and Renée Grisham Writer in Residence for 2019-2020 at the University of Mississippi, Oxford. She lives with her two children in Beverly, Massachusetts.

Tell us a bit about you and why you do what you do? Share your passions for your business, initiative, organization.

I love finding the extraordinary in the ordinary.

What role do you think your business plays in supporting a more creative community? OR your community in general.

Words matter. Poetry attempts to grapple with large issues in times of uncertainty, while reminding us we are connected by love, loss, and constant change. I want to highlight what poetry can bring to the table through collaboration, engagement, and inclusion.

What was the last book you read OR What was the last video you watched that made an impact on you?

Besides mine? Ada Limon's "The Carrying."

What’s the one thing people would be surprised to learn about you our your business?

Words matter. There's no better time to tap into the power of poetry than right now.

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