A Story of Your Leaving

February 21, 2024
Artist News, Fellowship

Poet J.J. Starr-McClain with husband Nathan McClain and their daughter, Zora. (Photo courtesy J.J. Starr-McClain)

J.J. Starr-McClain is a fifth-generation Chicagoan whose ’90s childhood was split between city and suburb, father and mother, steel and sky. In life and in her poetry, she still tends to drift between two places: moving on from the past and diving into the wreck of it. But now, a decade into a poetry project that reckons with her relationship to her mother, she has claimed new agency in oscillation.

Starr-McClain, a writing fellow at the Fine Arts Work Center in Provincetown, first came to town in December 2022 for a reading by her husband, Nathan McClain, a poet and creative writing professor at Hampshire College in Amherst.

Read the full article by Aden Choate in the Provincetown Independent here.

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