J. C. Todd's poems have appeared in such journals as The
Paris Review, Virginia Quarterly Review, the American
Poetry Review, Prairie Schooner, Beloit Poetry Journal,
Big Bridge, the anthology, Shade and on Verse
Daily. As a contributing editor to the on-line journal,
The Drunken Boat, she compiled and edited translation
features on contemporary Lithuanian and Latvian poetry.
Awards include a Pennsylvania Council on the Arts individual
artist fellowship for poetry, two Leeway Foundation awards,
a Latvian cultural capital stipend and fellowships to international
artist colonies in Germany and Sweden. She was a finalist
for the Lucille Medwick Lyric Poetry Prize of the Poetry
Society of America and has received six Pushcart Prize nominations.
Her most recent volume of poems, What
Space This Body
(Wind, 2008), explores ways of "oneing," the
merging of one with others and with the environment. Of
these poems, Eleanor Wilner has written, "Here is the
sacred body Whitman celebrated, but taken to a deeper intimacy
in both sensual and scientific knowing . . . , a rare combination
of daring material and meticulous intellect in . . .poems
of arousal and awareness, and, above all, praise."
to the Geraldine R. Dodge Poetry Program, JC is also on
the faculty of the Winter Poetry and Prose Getaway. She
teaches in the Creative Writing Program at Bryn Mawr College
and the MFA Program at Rosemont College and holds an MFA
in Creative Writing from the Program for Writers at Warren
Wilson College. She lives in Philadelphia.