Jane Mead is the author of five collections of poetry: The Lord and the General Din of the World (1996), The House of Poured-Out Waters (2001), The Usable Field (2008), Money Money Money Water Water Water (2014), and World of Mad and Unmade (2016). In her recent work, Mead is known for engaging the Western landscape, ecology, and the debts of ancestry: she manages her family’s farm in Northern California, where she grows zinfandel and cabernet wine grapes. In his review of Money Money Money Water Water Water, Jeff Hamilton noted, “Mead’s poetic compass, then, leads her not in circles, but toward a horizon of tragic speech,” adding that she “writes georgics in a confessional mode.”
Mead is the recipient of awards and fellowships from the Lannan, Whiting, and Guggenheim foundations. She has taught at Colby College, Washington University, and the Iowa Writers’ Workshop and was for many years poet-in-residence at Wake Forest University. Mead is currently on the faculty of the Drew University Low-Residency MFA program.