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General Information

Name:  Julie Parson Nesbitt  

Pen Name: Julie Parson-Nesbitt, Julie Nesbitt

Genre: Poetry

Audience: Adult; Young Adult; Children;

Born: 1957 in Chicago, Illinois

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Illinois Connection

Julie was born in Chicago, Illinois and still resides there.

Biographical and Professional Information

Julie Parson Nesbitt is a poet. Her poetry has been published widely including in the anthologies ''Identity Lessons'' and ''Stories From Where We Live''. She was co-editor of [ ''Power Lines: A Decade of Poetry From Chicago's Guild Complex''] with Michael Warr and Luis Rodriguez. She earned her Master of Fine Arts in Poetry, English, Creative Writing and Teaching at the University of Pittsburgh; Master's in Educational Policy at the University of Illinois at Chicago; and her Bachelor of Arts in Chinese Language and Literature. Currently, Nesbitt is an Educational Policy Graduate Student at the University of Illinois at Chicago where her focus is to help public schools support children who have experienced trauma or adverse childhood experiences to learn and succeed in school. She is also the consulting editor of ''West End Press''.

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Titles At Your Library

ISBN: 093112283X

West End Press. 1996

This is a Chicago book of poems with a historybehind it. The author navigates the street-wiseworld of the personal, comes to terms with loveand interracial marriage, and offers a complexpolitical response to her Jewish heritage. Herwriting breathes a spirit of independence reminiscent of Emma Lazarus, Emma Goldman, andAdrienne Rich.

Clark St. Lullabye: Poems
ISBN: 0961525002

Society for Mad Poets Press. 1985

5 1/4"x8 3/8" softcover 39 page poetry book published in 1985 by Society For Mad Poets Press


  • Foundation Residency awarded for 2000
  • Chicago Department of Cultural Affairs Community Arts Partnership Grant awarded 1999 Ragdale
  • Wisconsin Academy of Sciences, Arts, & Letters, 1996
  • Academy of American Poets Award, 1994 & 1992
  • Illinois Library Association Honored Poet, 1991
  • Illinois Library Association Honored Poet, 1990
  • Gwendolyn Brooks "Significant Illinois Poets Award," 1989
  • Chicago Deptartment of Cultural Affairs, 1988 & 1987
  • Ragdale Foundation Residence (Lake Forest, IL)

    , 1986 & 1987

    Speaking Engagements

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