Another Spectacular Year for Jane Chance as Scholar and Poet

Jane Chance photo and book cover

2019 has been a year of acknowledgement and success for Jane Chance, whose Chaucer scholarship continues to be celebrated, given awards, and reprinted in new editions. Her reputation as a poet has also grown.


Her book, "Tolkien, Self and Other, "This Queer Creature," was reprinted in paperback by Palgrave-Macmillan in 2019.

Her second book, "The Middle Ages," (Finishing Line Press, 2018), was awarded a finalist in the Eric Hoffer Book Award Competition.

Other books out of print have been accepted for reprint by Wipf Stock:

"Gender and Text in the Middle Ages" (formerly University Press of Florida),
"Medieval Mythography," 3 vols., formerly published by UPF.
UPF has also reprinted: "Woman as Hero in Old English Literature," Syracuse University, and "Women Medievalists and the Academy," 2018, University of Wisconsin Press, now in 2 vols.


Professor Chance delivered a plenary lecture, "Grendel's Mother and Tolkien's Women," at Tolkien 2019, in Birmingham, UKY, Aug. 9, 2019. She has been invited to do another version of this as a plenary at the Tolkien and Lewis Conference at Taylor University, in Indiana, next June, 2020.

POETRY Publications and Awards

"Spit," reprt. "Feminine Rising," ed. Andrea Fekete and Lara Lillibridge (Malvern Hills: Cynren Press, 2019), 91.

"Torre di Cetara," reprt. in The Enchantment of the Ordinary, Anthology, ed. John Gorman (Houston: Mutabilis Press, 2019), 35.

"Unicorn," rpt. in "Do You See the Way the Light: A Poetry Anthology from Friendswood Library's 2017-18 Ecphrastic Poetry Contests," ed. Matthew Riley (Friendwood: Friendswood Library, 2019), 14-17.


"My Mother's Brocade Purse," was selected to be read in the 2019 Ekphrastic Poetry Contest at Friendswood Library.

"Unfrozen" was selected to be read and published in "The Book of Water," the 2019 Waco-Wordfest Anthology (Waco, TX, 2019), Oct. 4-6, 2019.

Featured Poet with Randall Barnes, at Poetry Fix, at the Fix Cafe, Houston, TX June 25, 2019.

Gulf Coast Poets Featured Poet, Barnes and Noble Book Store, Webster, TX, June 3, 2019.

Poet and Organizer, Medievalist Poetry: Introduction and Reading,49th Annual Medieval Studies Congress, Western Michigan University, Kalamazoo, MI: May 9, 2019.

Featured Poet, Inprint First Friday Reading, Houston, TXZ, May 3, 2019.

WIVLA Poetry Reading at Heights Community Library, Heights, TX, April 13, 2019.

WIVLA Poetry Reading, Community Library, La Porte, TX, April 6, 2019.

"The Middle Ages" (book) was awarded a "Finalist" designation in the Eric Hoffer Book Award Competition.


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