Cuello standing on a grass-covered amphitheater while looking down

Recent News

  • Cuello’s poem “Irene, Goodnight” was featured on Poetry Daily.
  • LIAR has won The 2022 Eugene Paul Nassar Prize given by Utica University! On April 20th, Cuello will give a reading and master class at the university. 
  • JackLeg Press will publish Cuello’s manuscript of epistolary poems in the voice of Mary Shelley in May 2023. Poetry editor Simone Muench wrote that the “manuscript transcends its ostensible subject matter, spinning outward into issues related to feminism, textuality, motherhood, and monstrosity….These are heart-wrenching missives that unfurl with exquisite monstrosities.”
  • See the Events page for upcoming 2023 readings.
  • All news. (Updated May 7, 2023)


Jessica Cuello’s most recent book is Yours, Creature (JackLeg Press, 2023). Her book Liar,  selected by Dorianne Laux for The 2020 Barrow Street Book Prize, was honored with The Eugene Nassar Prize, The CNY Book Award, a finalist nod for The Housatonic Book Award, and a longlist mention for The Julie Suk Award. Cuello is also the author of Hunt (The Word Works, 2017) and Pricking (Tiger Bark Press, 2016). Cuello has been awarded The 2022 Nina Riggs Poetry Prize, two CNY Book Awards, The 2016 Washington Prize, The New Letters Poetry Prize, a Saltonstall Fellowship, and The New Ohio Review Poetry Prize. In addition, Cuello has published three chapbooks: My Father’s Bargain (2015), By Fire (2013), and Curie (2011). In 2014 she was awarded The Decker Award from Hollins University for outstanding secondary teaching. She is poetry editor at Tahoma Literary Review and teaches French in CNY.

Cuello looking at camera, hair back and wearing a leather jacket with green grass in the background


“What Jessica Cuello knows could save us from ourselves.”

—Katie Ford, author of Blood Lyrics