Emmons received her B.A., M.A., and Ph.D. in English from the University of Texas. Her teaching specialties include Modern Poetry, Victorian Literature, Linguistics, Mythology, and Poetry Writing.
Jeanne Emmons grew up in Beaumont, Texas. She is Professor of English and Writing and is poetry editor of The Briar Cliff Review.
Her first collection of poetry, Rootbound, won the Minnesota Voices Poetry Competition, sponsored by New Rivers Press, in 1998 and was named for a Pippistrelle “Best of the Small Press” award. Her second collection, Baseball Nights and DDT was published by Pecan Grove Press in 2005. Her third collection, The Glove of the World was published by Backwaters Press in 2006.
She received the Iowa Woman Poetry award in 1991, the South Coast Review Poetry Award in 1992, the Sow’s Ear Review Poetry Award in 2003, the James Hearst Poetry Award in 2005, and the Comstock Review Poetry Award in 2009. Her poetry and fiction have been published in numerous literary journals, including Alaska Quarterly Review, American Scholar, Confrontation, Cream City Review, Prairie Schooner, New Orleans Review and many others.