About Jamie Parsley
Jamie Parsley is an accomplished and award-winning poet and
writer. The first of his twelve books of poems,
Paper Doves, Falling,  was
published in 1992. Over the next 15 years, he published six more books of
poems, including   
The Loneliness of Blizzards (1995), Cloud (1997), The
Wounded Table
(1999), earth into earth (2000), no stars, no moon (2004),  
Ikon (2005), Crow (2012) and That Word (forthcoming from North Star
Press).  
Just Once (2007) chronicled his diagnosis, treatment and ultimate
recovery from cancer in 2002.
This Grass (2009) was a book of poems
written in collaboration with painting by artist Gin Templeton.
Fargo,
1957
(2010) is an elegiac chronicle of the 1957 tornado that struck Fargo,
North Dakota. A collection of his short stories, T
he Downstairs Tenant
a
nd Other Stories, is forthcoming. His poems, fiction, sermons and
prayers have been published in literary journals and anthologies in the
United States, Britain, Canada and Japan.

His prayer “A Prayer on the Feast Day of Jonathan Myrick Daniels”
appeared in the anthology
Race and Prayer: Collected Voices Many Dreams,
edited by Macolm Boyd and Chester Talton and published in 2003 by
Morehouse. His sermon “Jesus in Showbiz” appeared in the anthology
Get Up Off Your Knees: Preaching the U2 Songbook, published in 2003 by
Cowley Publications. Several of his prayers were included in Evangelical
Lutheran
Worship Pastoral Care (2008).  

In 2004, he was named Associate Poet Laureate of North Dakota by Poet
Laureate Larry Woiwode. As an Associate Poet Laureate, he often
travels to schools around North Dakota to talk about poetry and to
promote North Dakota Out Loud.  

Jamie has an M.F.A. in Creative Writing from Vermont College of
Norwich University.

He also studied theology at the School of Theology at Thornloe
University in Sudbury, Ontario, St. Joseph’s College, Standish, Maine
and graduated with a Master’s Degree from Nashotah House Seminary,
Nashotah, Wisconsin.

He was ordained an Episcopal priest in 2004. He currently serves as
Priest-in-Charge of St. Stephen's Episcopal Church in Fargo.

What other writers have said about Jamie Parsley's writing:

Jon Hassler, author of
North of Hope and Staggerford said, “Jamie Parsley’
s poems are so evocative, so lonely, so understated, that I admire them
very much. One of his best talents is avoiding wordiness—a mistake so
common to many poets, in my opinion. The reader feels very
comfortable fitting himself into the silences of Jamie’s poems.”

Cid Corman , the late editor of Origin magazine and poet, said, “The
feeling [in Jamie Parsley's poems] is warm and open and good. . .a good
feeling all around. Given his years—notable.”
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