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Jayne Lyn Stahl's Biography

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Walnut Creek, California
Jul 2008

Jayne Lyn Stahl. age 63, died March 21, 2013. Poet, essayist, teacher, playwright, member of PEN, blogger for The Huffington Post; she courageously dedicated her life to her art. "Flights of Angels sing thee to thy rest."/obituary.aspx?pid=163966831#sthash.qAgi5HTS.dpuf.

Widely published poet, and essayist---Huffington Post blogger, with screenplay, "Shakespeare & Company," that tells the story of Sylvia Beach's struggle to publish James Joyce's "Ulysses," currently in development.

 Poetry has appeared in "The New York Quarterly," "City Lights Review," "Exquisite Corpse," "Pulpsmith," "Poetry Magazine," (online), "The Jacaranda Review," and many other notable magazines.  Chapbook, "Courtroom Chrysanthemum," published by Podium Press.  Short listed for the prestigious PEN American Center Joyce Osterweil Award for Poetry in 2006.   "Riding with Destiny," my first volume of selected poetry, will be published by NYQ Books in spring, 2010.

 Essays published online regularly at The Huffington Post, OpEd News, the Atlantic Free Press, AlterNet, and have also been republished by Yahoo News, Google News, the Los Angeles Times, and elsewhere.

 Member of PEN American Center, PEN Center USA, The Academy of American Poets, and the American Civil Liberties Union.


I have been influenced largely by poets like Arthur Rimbaud, Walt Whitman, Federico Garcia Lorca, Vladimir Maykovsky, Rainer Maria Rilke, Emily Dickinson, William Butler Yeats, Dylan Thomas, Galway Kinnell, to name but a few, with respect to my poetry.

In terms of playwriting, my major influences are Tennessee Williams, Edward Albee, Oscar Wilde,Samuel Beckett, to name but a few.

Upcoming Works

At the moment, a new play is in its embryonic stages, and has been for the past few years. Most recently, I completed a feature-length screenplay, "Shakespeare & Company," which tells of Sylvia Beach's struggle to publish James Joyce's great "Ulysses" in an atmosphere of censorship, and repression, not unlike the one in which we find ourselves today.

The stage adaptation, "The Battle for Ulysses," has had a reading for the American Civil Liberties Union of Southern California Legal Programs.

"Riding with Destiny," a collection of my most recent poems, is still seeking an eligible suitor.

I'm a Huffington Post blogger, and my essays frequently appear at OpEd News, the Atlantic Free Press, AlterNet, and are distributed frequently through Yahoo and Google News, as well as posted at The Los Angeles Times, and other prominent online newspapers.

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The Huffington Post

Interests & Hobbies

Movies, writing, reading, traveling, and making love.