Jillian WeiseJillian Weise was born in Houston, Texas, in 1981. Her first poetry collection, The Amputeeâ€™s Guide to Sex, is a bold investigation of disability and sexuality. Weise has said of its composition, â€śIn a way, I did not know what it meant to be disabled until I started writing the poems.â€ť The Los Angeles Times wrote, â€śReaders who can handle the hair-raising experience of Jillian Weiseâ€™s gutsy poetry debut will be rewarded with . . . a fearless dissection of the taboo and the hidden.â€ť Weiseâ€™s second book of poetry, The Book of Goodbyes , received the James Laughlin Award from the Academy of American Poets.
Weise is also a playwright, whose work has been staged at the New York Fringe Festival and the Provincetown Playwrights Festival. Her awards include the Fred Chappell Fellowship at the University of North Carolina-Greensboro, and the Alan Dugan Writing Fellowship in Provincetownâ€™s Fine Arts Work Center. She is an Assistant Professor at Clemson University where she co-directs the Annual Clemson Literary Festival.