Jean Prokott’s poetry collection The Second Longest Day of the Year won the Howling Bird Press Book Prize and will be published with Howling Bird Press in fall 2021. She is the author of the chapbook The Birthday Effect (Black Sunflowers 2021), is a recipient of the AWP Intro Journals Award, and has poetry and nonfiction published or forthcoming in Rattle, Arts & Letters, Midwestern Gothic, Quarterly West, Great Lakes Review, RHINO, Red Wheelbarrow, and Sierra Nevada Review, among other journals. She is a recipient of the League of Minnesota Poets’ John Calvin Rezmerski Memorial Grand Prize and Story Portage Awards, is a winner of the Bright Light Stories in the Night Poetry Contest, was a finalist for the RHINO Founder’s Prize, and was a finalist for the Red Wheelbarrow Poetry Prize. Her poetry manuscript received third place in the Cathlamet Prize for poetry, was a finalist for the New Issues Poetry Prize, and was a semifinalist for the Pamet River Prize, the Wisconsin Poetry Series’ Brittingham and Felix Pollack Prize, and the Philip Levine Poetry Prize.
She has been teaching at the high school, college, and graduate levels for over fifteen years and has designed original curriculum for over ten courses, including Honors Philosophy, Creative Writing, Literature and History of Film, American Literature, AP Language & Composition, and Implementation of Instruction and Curriculum Planning. She is a recipient of two scholarships from the National Endowment for the Humanities: to study the Philosophers of Education at Boston University and to study John Steinbeck at Stanford & San Jose State University.
She is a graduate of Minnesota State University Mankato’s MFA program, holds a Master of Science in Education from Winona State University, and lives in Rochester, Minnesota with her husband and their two dogs.