Jessie Lynn McMains

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December 31, 1981

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Jessie Lynn McMains (aka Rust Belt Jessie) is a writer, zine-maker, artist, spoken word performer, small press owner, and teacher of workshops.

They have been self-publishing their work in zines and chapbooks since the mid-‘90s. They currently write the ongoing zine series Reckless Chants, as well as producing the occasional one-shot zine. They have been performing spoken word across the U.S. and Canada since 1998. They were the recipient of the 2019 Hal Prize for poetry, and are a three-time Best of the Net nominee. They were the 2015-2017 Poet Laureate of Racine, Wisconsin. Their writing has garnered comparisons to Jack Kerouac, Ammi Emergency, Aaron Cometbus, Lydia Lunch, Patti Smith, Diane Di Prima, and Francesca Lia Block. They're
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Bone & Ink Press in full effect

First things first--yes, I've had the baby! He's a month old as of yesterday, and is doing wonderfully. I'll update this site with more personal writing news, very soon. But right now the big news is...Bone & Ink Press is now open for business! The website is up and running, and I'm accepting manuscript submissions. I'm also running the bl... Read more of this blog post »
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William Faulkner
“A writer must teach himself that the basest of all things is to be afraid. ”
William Faulkner

Miguel Sousa Tavares
“And once again I believe that nothing that's important really becomes lost. We just delude ourselves, thinking that we own the things, the moments and the others. Still with me are all the dead persons who I loved, all the friends who turned away, all the happy days that faded. I lost nothing but the illusion that everything could be mine forever.”
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Carson McCullers
“It is a curious emotion, this certain homesickness I have in mind. With Americans, it is a national trait, as native to us as the roller-coaster or the jukebox. It is no simple longing for the home town or country of our birth. The emotion is Janus-faced: we are torn between a nostalgia for the familiar and an urge for the foreign and strange. As often as not, we are homesick most for the places we have never known.”
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Hunter S. Thompson
“Maybe there is no Heaven. Or maybe this is all pure gibberish—a product of the demented imagination of a lazy drunken hillbilly with a heart full of hate who has found a way to live out where the real winds blow—to sleep late, have fun, get wild, drink whisky, and drive fast on empty streets with nothing in mind except falling in love and not getting arrested . . . Res ipsa loquitur. Let the good times roll.”
Hunter S. Thompson, Generation of Swine: Tales of Shame and Degradation in the '80's

Jorge Luis Borges
“I am not sure that I exist, actually. I am all the writers that I have read, all the people that I have met, all the women that I have loved; all the cities I have visited.”
Jorge Luis Borges




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