Lisa Jayne’s poems published in international poetry review
Three poems by Show Low playwright and Northland Pioneer College academic adviser Lisa Jayne are included in the fall 2016 edition of Muddy River Poetry Review, an online, international anthology of previously unpublished work by 43 poets reviewed by award-winning poet Zvi A. Sesling.
“This past summer I took (NPC English instructor) Inez Schaechterle’s Creative Writing course,” says Jayne. “She encouraged us to send out our poetry and I had the luck of having three poems selected by Muddy River Poetry Review for their Fall 2016 publication.”
Jayne was one of 30 new poets selected for inclusion.
Dr. Schaechterle’s course had students delve into flash fiction, short-stories, creative non-fiction and the last few weeks of the accelerated summer course she had her students work on poetry. “Inez is an inspiring teacher. She always finds the strong points of your writing and makes you feel like you’ve got something to say,” adds Jayne.
“Although I always wrote poetry for myself, it was never an area of my writing I felt particularly strong in. In fact, I think in our final paper I actually said, ‘I’m not a poet,’ but I guess I can’t say that anymore. I so appreciate Inez encouraging us to get our work out there to be read.”
Writing in freeverse, Jayne’s poems touch on adoption, The Thank You I Could Not Say; setting proper priorities, A Place for Everything; and childhood memories, Feral Children of the Moon.
Jayne grew up in Gilbert, Arizona, attended Northern Arizona University for her undergraduate degree and received her MFA in Playwriting and Screenwriting from Spalding University in Louisville, Kentucky. She was appointed to the Arizona Commission for the Arts in February 2015. Jayne was the Artistic Director of White Mountain Regional Theater in Show Low, Arizona for six years, and has taught/directed productions at Northland Pioneer College in Snowflake, Arizona.
Her plays, including Broken (a one-act play); One Week: An Uncommon Love Story; The Obituary and Coeur d’Alene, have been produced at White Mountain Regional Theater and Northland Pioneer College’s Performing Arts Department. She directed Aristophanes’ Women in Congress in April 2015 performances for Northland Pioneer College. She is currently an academic adviser for NPC at the Show Low – White Mountain Campus. She is married to Navajo County Manager James Jayne and resides in Show Low.