The Wardrobe’s Best Dressed: “Acid and Tender” by Jen Rouse



This selection comes from the chapbook Acid and Tender, available from Headmistress Press. Order your copy here. Our curator for June is Kelly Andrews.

Jen Rouse is the Director of the Center for Teaching and Learning at Cornell College in Mount Vernon, IA. Her poems have appeared in Hot Tin Roof, Poetry, Poet Lore, MadHatLit, Pretty Owl, The Tishman Review, and elsewhere. She has work forthcoming from Midwestern Gothic and the Inflectionist Review, as well as Lavender Review and Sinister Wisdom. Her play, Conjure: A Cycle in Three Parts, will be produced in August 2017 by SPT Theatre Co. Rouse was named a finalist in the Charlotte Mew Poetry Chapbook contest. Her chapbook, Acid and Tender, came out December 2016 by Headmistress Press.

Kelly Lorraine Andrews’poems have appeared or are forthcoming in Ninth Letter, PANK, Prick of the Spindle, and Love Me, Love My Belly, among others. She is the author of the chapbooks The Fear Archives (Two of Cups Press, 2017), My Body Is a Poem I Can’t Stop Writing (forthcoming, Porkbelly Press), I Want To Eat So Many Kinds of Cake With You and Mule Skinner (both from Dancing Girl Press). She received her MFA in poetry from the University of Pittsburgh. She coedits the online journal Pretty Owl Poetry and curates its Pittsburgh reading series. Additional information about her publications, along with a slideshow of her cats, can be found here.


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