Jesse Lynn McMains in Spoken Word Showcase June 12

JessieJessie Lynn McMains (aka Rust Belt Jessie) is the 2016-2017 Poet Laureate of Racine,Wisconsin.

Hear her work at the Spoken Word Showcase, Wom!nz Spot, Sunday June 12 starting 6PM

Jessie Lynn McMains (aka Rust Belt Jessie) is the 2016-2017 Poet Laureate of Racine,Wisconsin. She has been self-publishing her work in zines and chapbooks since the mid-‘90s, and currently writes the much-beloved ongoing zine series Reckless Chants. Her poetry and prose have also recently appeared in Witchsong, The Chapess, New Pop Lit, The Rain, Party, & Disaster Society, Rising Phoenix Review, Uut Poetry, RoguePoetry Review, Voicemail Poems, I Want You To See This Before I Leave, and Paper & Ink, amongst other places.

She is a two-time Pushcart Prize nominee for fiction. She has two books forthcoming in 2016: The Girl With the Most Cake (a self-published chapbook) and What We Talk About When We Talk About Punk (a prose collection from Pioneers Press/Punch Drunk Press). She has taught zine workshops at Long Beach Zine Fest, Milwaukee Zine Fest, and the Kenosha Public Library, and plans to expand her zine workshop into a memoir writing and self-publishing mini-course. She has recently performed spoken word in Long Beach, California, at SlutSpeak in Chicago, at BONK! in Racine, and at Fusion in Kenosha. Her work has garnered comparisons to Jack Kerouac, Ammi Emergency, Aaron Cometbus, Lydia Lunch, Patti Smith, and Francesca Lia Block.

She is also a musician, occasional DJ/podcaster, former burlesque and sideshow performer, and sometime photographer/visual artist/maker of stuff. Her interests and passions include music, adventure, gardening and permaculture, home-brewing beer, tarot, mythology and folklore, dancing, diners, playing dress-up, her friends and family, and her four-year-old son. She collects souvenir pennies and stick and poke tattoos. She is perpetually melancholy, restless, and nostalgic. She’s in love with the undying spirit of punk rock, and she believes storytelling can change the world.

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