Using sketches, portraits and maps gathered during research for her recent book on Johnny Appleseed, Jennifer Clark will peel back the Appleseed myth, revealing the real John Chapman who was born in Leominster, Mass., in 1774 and, after more than a decade of working throughout northeastern Indiana, died in Fort Wayne in 1845. The lives of those who have been dismissed from the Appleseed narrative, including women and people of color, will also be discussed.
Jennifer Clark is the author of two full-length poetry collections, most recently Johnny Appleseed: The Slice & Times of John Chapman. Her third collection, A Beginner’s Guide to Heaven, will be published in 2019 by Unsolicited Press. Her poems, essays and fiction have appeared in Midwest Quarterly Review, Failbetter, Women’s Studies Quarterly, Columbia Journal, Little Patuxent Review, Nimrod, Ecotone and Flyway, among others. Clark’s work has been nominated for the Pushcart Prize five times and once for the Rhysling Award. She lives in Kalamazoo, Mich., with her husband (a Hoosier) and their son.
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This program received funding from a Humanities Initiative Grant