Artist Biography

author photo for websiteJuly Westhale is the author of The Cavalcade, forthcoming from Finishing Line Press in 2016. She has been awarded grants and residencies from the Vermont Studio Center, the Lambda Literary Foundation, Sewanee, Tomales Bay, Dickinson House, Tin House, and Bread Loaf.

Her journalism regularly appears in Autostraddle, The Establishment, Litseen, and the Lambda Literary Review of Books, and her poetry has most recently been published in cahoodaloodaling, Thin Noon, Adrienne, burntdistrict, Eleven Eleven, Sugar Mule, The East Bay Review, 580 Split, Quarterly West, and PRISM International.

Her nominations include Best New Poets, the Pushcart Prize, and the Best of the Net. She was the finalist for the 2015 Crab Orchard Poetry Series Prize, and the Creative Writing Fulbright. She has an MFA in Poetry from Lesley University.





  5 comments for “Artist Biography

  1. Crystal
    December 31, 2011 at 4:07 am

    Hi Jen, Nice website. Like the pic’s, enjoyed your reading and very proud of you. Keep up the good work. Know you are loved.

  2. Zigmund Void
    December 17, 2015 at 6:56 pm

    Dear July,

    I just read this:

    You described some of my childhood as well. No fucking potatoes or porridge for me, thank you very much.

    There’s so much I’d like to say here but I’m ground down. I nearly became homeless in San Francisco after long term disability and illness and the supposed friends and family in my life ditching me like a gum wrapper. What was worst were the men friends in my life suddenly becoming predatory sex fiends out of literally nowhere. These bastards tried to make me some kind of concubine; either it was them or the mean streets of San Francisco.

    By sheer luck and will power I was able to escape America completely although I have other troubles.

    That whole whitey movement of small homes has been pissing me off for a long time but I wasn’t able to put my finger on it until your piece articulated exactly what was bothering me. The inherent racism in the whole thing is particularly loathsome to me considering what I’ve experienced myself and I’ve more often then not found myself always on the outside unable to reap any of the benefits of these little alternative movements no matter the fact I had done probably more work than 10 people put together to get them going and keep them going.

    Thanks for putting to words another thing that I’ve found irksome and alienating about a group of people who are utterly, completely, and willfully oblivious to. That thing is poverty and the racism and misogyny that goes with it.

    Please keep writing, some of these fuckers might actually hear you. You can pass for one of them whereas I cannot so my message gets the whole-hearted ‘playing the race card’ stamp.

    Peace and sincere regards,

  3. Mike James
    June 25, 2016 at 7:18 pm

    I really enjoyed your work in the new issue of Pittsburgh Poetry Review. I am one of the editors of The Kentucky Review, an online and print journal. I’d love for you to submit some work. I’m only one of six editors, but I think the other editors would like what you do as well.

    Take care,

    Mike James

  4. Sarah Sarai
    December 8, 2016 at 3:30 am

    You are a brilliantly gifted writer. Thank you for the review. But really, you, writ in water and all.

  5. jwesthale
    December 10, 2016 at 7:36 pm

    Hello Mike!

    I regret that I’m just now seeing this– I will submit this week. Thank you for the encouragement, and for all that you do for our writing community.


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