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My full-length poetry collection Caught between Coasts is out from Clover Valley Press! Read comments from reviewers here: 

Praise for Caught between Coasts 

Caught between Coasts is a poetic kaleidoscope. This volume of short poems, spoken in pure language, is a multicolored story of the poet’s life. Woven through tales of her childhood are topics varying from her extended family to living of the grid in northern Wisconsin. Warm, honest, often humorous, solid. This is a memorable collection.

Peggy Trojan Author of Essence, Homefront: Childhood Memories of WWII and Free Range Kids, winner of the Helen Kay Chapbook Prize

Jan Chronister’s narrative poems in Caught between Coasts follow the arc of life, and they are lit by long summer days and glints of lake light in northern Wisconsin and Minnesota. Their music has assonance and consonance echoing the rainfall. A strong, down-to-earth woman, Chronister’s poetic voice is by turns feminist and funny. With a steady and unflinching gaze, these poems recall the roads that a woman travels. Hers are marked by white crosses, stone bridges over the Amnicon River, and soaring eagles. History is told through the many women’s stories: “beds made up / but never slept in / waiting for the lost” and steel hearts. In another poem, she says her “children walked on ice / ran with scissors / played with fire / spoke to me in silence.” In these stories of women and of family, she makes connections between the everyday, the confounding, and the miraculous.

Sheila Packa Author of Cloud Birds and Night Train Red Dust/Duluth Poet Laureate

Dense with the landscapes of Wisconsin, Caught between Coasts pulls us through a familial history rooted in the dirt and blood of the land. Intimate with the environment and sympathetic toward the dead, Chronister meditates on loneliness and the transformative powers of nature. This collection ofers an honest, unflinching look at how family histories shape us, how our own histories often begin with loss, and asks us to consider what we take from life and how we hope to leave it.

Angela Voras-Hills Finalist for the Lindquist & Vennum Prize for Poetry


I had a micro-chap titled “From Seed” published in February 2018 that can be downloaded for free from http://www.origamipoems.com. The folks at Origami Poems Project are so easy to work with. Check it out for yourself and send them some poems!

My first chapbook Target Practice was published in 2009 by Parallel Press at the University of Wisconsin. There is a review on the Review page of this website. Read the chapbook here:


My second chapbook Casualties was published in December 2017. It is available on amazon or from me.  Order directly from me and get a signed copy and save money. Copies are $9 which includes S&H and tax. Please use the “Contact” page on this website to order. Include your mailing address.

My poems have been published either online or in print by the following journals/lit mags. List dates back to approximately 2015 and is included in the hope that it might be helpful to others looking for submission opportunities. Publication is online unless print is indicated:

Blue Heron Review

(The) Bottom Line

Bramble (print)

(The) Green Light Literary Journal



Minute Magazine

Nemadji Review (print)

Nonbinary Review

Overwatch Press

OVS Magazine

Pan’s Shadow

Peacock Journal

Plath Poetry Project

Poetry Super Highway

Portage Magazine 

Quiet Courage

Quiet Storm

Rat’s Ass Review

Red Cedar (print)

Red Earth Review (print)

Sky Island Journal

Subterranean Blue Poetry

Talking Stick (print)

Thunderbird Review (print)

TRACE: Art and Poetry Collaborative

Truth Serum Press (print)

Twig Magazine (print)

Weatherbeaten Lit

The Wild Word

Word Fountain (print)

The following are categorized as anthologies, usually themed issues published once and are all print products:

Allegro&Adagio: Dance Poems II (2018)

Ariel Anthology Issues 1-5

Celestial Musings: Poems Inspired by the Night Sky (2018)

Cowfeather Press: Echolocations: Poets Map Madison

Fiolet and Wing:  An Anthology of Domestic Fabulist Poetry (2019)

Highland Park Poetry: Art Gets in Your Eyes

Holy Cow! Press: The Heart of All That Is: Reflections on Home

Kind of a Hurricane Press: Secrets and Dreams

Lost Hills Books: Fog&Woodsmoke

Main Street Rag: Of Burgers and Barrooms


(The) Milwaukee Anthology (2019)

Origami Poems Project: The Best of Kindness

Outrider Press: annual Black and White Anthologies

Poets to Come: Anthology
Celebrating Walt Whitman’s 200th Birthday (2019)

Popcorn Press: Empty Shoes: Poems on the Hungry and the Homeless

Pure Slush Anthologies: Wiser, Happy, Lust, Gluttony, Greed, Sloth, Wrath, Envy

Silly Tree Anthologies: The Way the Light Slants

Silver Birch Press: Great Gatsby Anthology

Small Town Anthology (2019)

Upon Waking: 58 Voices Speak Out From the Shadows (2019)

Wisconsin Bards Against Hunger (2018)

Zoetic Press: Write Like You’re Alive 2016, 2017, 2018/Anne of Green Gables/We Have Always Lived in the Castle/The Little Prince


-three-time winner in Lake Superior Writers’ annual contest

-Diane Glancy Award/Bemidji State University, 2008

-Muse Prize for Excellence in Poetry/Wisconsin Fellowship of Poets, 2011

-Triad Contest First Place in Theme category/Wisconsin Fellowship of Poets, 2007

Placed (and honorable mentions) in numerous contests including those sponsored by Outrider Press, Talking Stick, League of Minnesota Poets, Wisconsin Fellowship of Poets, Origami Poetry Project and Wisconsin Academy of Arts, Letters and Sciences.