Jeannine Ouellette has published four books, including the children's picture book, Mama Moon, and is a recipient of a 2015 Curt Johnson Award in Fiction selected by Joyce Carol Oates and the editors of december magazine. Her essays, fiction, and poems have appeared in anthologies including Feminist Parenting and Women's Lives: Multicultural Perspectives and in many magazines and journals including Fine Linen, Up the Staircase Quarterly, december magazine, Utne Reader, Rake Magazine, On the Issues, and more. She has worked as a writer and editor at regional and national magazines and is the recipient of two First Place Awards of Excellence from Medill School of Journalism, one for her essays in Minnesota Parent and one for her work at that magazine as editor in chief. She is also the recipient of a Page One Award from the Society of Professional Journalists for her essay on the history of bees and the healing potential of propolis (“The Life-Giving Secret of Bees,” Rake Magazine, 2005). In 2012 Jeannine founded Elephant Rock, a creative writing program based in Minneapolis. She is working on her first novel.
Through my writing, I aim to "peer over the edge of doubt" in the tradition of the Romantic poet John Keats and his compelling theory of negative capability. This is how I become. I'm continually awed by how the artistic process illuminates even the darkest material, even childhood abuse, harrowing poverty, isolation. My writing is about tiptoeing back toward where I've come from but looking beyond the borders of what I know, encountering obscured truths, incongruous humor, tender connections. Words are my surest means of making these discoveries about myself and the world. I believe we find our way to the inner through careful, meticulous, loving attention to the outer. A word, a busy street corner, a warm rock, a stray cat, a sudden shock of recognition. There I am, there you are. This is the adventure of the word-strewn path.