Jeanne Wagner was born in San Francisco, California. She studied German at University of California and earned an MA in Humanities from San Francisco State University. 

She started writing seriously in 1996 and has since been the recipient of several national awards, including a Writers-at-Work Fellowship, an NFSPS Founders Award, the Francis Locke Award, the MacGuffin Poet Hunt, the Ann Stanford Prize, the Briar Cliff Review Award, and most recently, the Inkwell Prize, judged by Mark Doty. 

Wagner's poems have previously appeared in the Alaska Quarterly Review, Nimrod, Cincinnati Review and Rhino, and on the web-sites of Poetry Daily, Verse Daily, and PBS’s Poem of the Week. She is the author of five poetry collections. Her first full-length book, The Zen Piano-Mover, won the 2004 Stevens Manuscript Prize. Her most recent book is In the Body of Our Lives (2011).

Wagner serves on the editorial staff of the California Quarterly. When she is not writing or working as a tax accountant, she travels, plays chess and backgammon, and watches old movies.
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