Jennifer Militello
Poet & Memoirist

The Pact

In her newest collection, award-winning poet and memoirist Jennifer Militello confronts obsession, intimacy, and abuse. Through love poems inspired by such disparate spaces as a British art museum and the reptile house of a local zoo, poems comparing a romantic affair to the religious cult at Jonestown and a mother’s role to a Congolese power figure bristling with nails, The Pact offers an indictment against affection and a portent against zeal. This book places pleasure alongside pain, even as it delivers Militello’s trademark talent for innovation and ritualization of the strange.
Jennifer Militello is one of the finest poets of her generation, an immensely original poet who has enriched American literature since her first book. —Charles Simic
What a beautiful book of songs, pacts, spells, love poems, chants, pledges, odes! –Ilya Kaminsky


Jennifer Militello is the Poet Laureate of New Hampshire. She is the author of the forthcoming hybrid collection Identifying the Pathogen, named a finalist for the 2024 FC2 Ronald Sukenick Innovative Fiction Prize, The Pact (Tupelo Press/Shearsman Books, 2021), and the memoir Knock Wood, winner of the Dzanc Nonfiction Prize (Dzanc Books, 2019), as well as four previous books of poetry. Her work has appeared in Best American Poetry, Best New Poets, American Poetry ReviewThe NationThe New RepublicThe Paris ReviewPoetryPoetry London, and The Poetry Review (UK). Militello has taught at Brown University, the University of Massachusetts Lowell, and the Rhode Island School of Design, and is currently a faculty member in the MFA program at New England College.


[photo by Beowulf Sheehan]

a profile image of Jennifer Militello--a woman with long blond hair in a black shirt with a black background
``Militello's poems...illuminate and mystify.``
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``Idolatry`` by Jennifer Militello

Listen to Jennifer read ``Idolatry`` from her book, The Pact.

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