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Jeri Reilly has faced down the blank page since she wrote her first story at the age of 10. She understands but is still awed by the writing process.

Jeri works and lives in Minnesota and Ireland and is proficient in both American and UK usage. She holds a BA in history and has done graduate work in English literature and American studies. For good measure she once completed a certificate course in manuscript editing at the University of Chicago Publishing Program.

Background check
• Poem, “Honey,” in If Bees Are Few: A Hive of Bee Poems, University of Minn. Press, forthcoming 2016
•Essay, “By Hand,” in Dark Mountain, #8, November 2015
Essay, “Brink,” in Dark Mountain, #7,  Spring 2015
• Story, “Awake,” in The Shakings of the Bag: New Writing Northwest, Ireland, 2014
• Writer and editor, Minnesota Historical Society (1989-2003; 2009-2011) 
• Poem, “Valentine’s” selected for 2010 St. Paul Sidewalk Poetry project
• Marketing coordinator, Property Team, Boyle, County Roscommon, Ireland
• Production editor and writer, Mountain Roots, Ireland, 2008
• “The Dirt Road,” award-winning essay, published in Voices for the Land, MHS Press, 2002
• Member, Loft Literary Center
• Member, The Pig Executive Writers, County Leitrim, Ireland

 

Jeri’s work on historical topics is sensitive to the times she is writing about and always grounded in solid research. She was one of the first to appreciate the value of saving Milwaukee Avenue, and in a big way her research and writing helped gain National Register status–and thus a reprieve from the wrecking ball– for what then was a sorry row of dilapidated and condemned houses.

Equally important, Jeri co-led a planning and design effort to make the once-obsolete narrow street into a place for people rather than cars. The surrounding neighborhood greatly benefitted from this unprecedented neighborhood-developed plan.

—Robert Roscoe, historic preservation architect and author, Milwaukee Avenue: Renewal in Historic Minneapolis