About Me


I’m Jessie Lynn McMains, aka Rust Belt Jessie (they/them or she/her)--a writer, zine-maker, artist, musician, spoken word performer, small press owner, and teacher of workshops.


I have been a self-published and traditionally-published author since 1994. I am the author of several poetry chapbooks, most recently forget the fuck away from me and The Girl With the Most Cake, as well as What We Talk About When We Talk About Punk, a collection of non-fiction. My first full-length book of poetry, The Loneliest Show on Earth, was published by Bottlecap Press in February 2020. I have been performing spoken word across the U.S. and Canada since 1998. I was the 2015-2017 Poet Laureate of Racine, Wisconsin. I was the recipient of the 2019 Hal Prize for poetry, and I’m a three-time Best of the Net nominee (twice for poetry, once for fiction). My writing has garnered comparisons to Daphne Gottlieb, Ammi Emergency, Aaron Cometbus, Lydia Lunch, Patti Smith, Jack Kerouac, Diane Di Prima, and Francesca Lia Block. I’m the owner/editor of Bone & Ink Press, a small press which publishes books and chapbooks (and a lit mag which is currently on hiatus). I also teach workshops on memoir, journaling, poetry, zine-making, and various other related topics, and am a contributing writer at Pussy Magic.

Hire Me

I am available for hire to teach workshops or give talks to adults and teenagers. My areas of interest and expertise are zines (I can teach/talk on anything from Zine-Making 101 to writing zines from your own life to zines as a tool of empowerment), memoir, journaling, poetry, and using the tarot as a writing tool.

I am also available for manuscript consultations in poetry or creative non-fiction, any length manuscript from micro-chap to full-length collection.


Please contact me at coeur.de.fantome@gmail.com to discuss rates and other logistics.

Interviews and Profiles

Women Writers We Love: Jessie Lynn McMains - Dying Dahlia Review

Local author publishes poetry book - Racine Journal-Times

Paging All Punks #5: Jessie Lynn McMains - Razorcake

Interview with Jessie Lynn McMains - Fevers of the Mind #2: In Memoriam

"I have always been at the same time..." - Wilde Boy No. 2: beat

For All the Pensacola Girls: An Interview with Kristin Garth, Elisabeth Horan, and Jessie Lynn McMains - Split Lip Magazine

What We Talk About When We Talk About Punk: An Interview with Writer and Zinester Jessie Lynn McMains - Maximum Rocknroll #406 (print)

Lit Fiend Interview - In Pursuit of Expression

Featured Author, April 2016 - I Want You To See This Before I Leave

Jessie Lynn McMains - Left of the Lake #12

Five Questions We Always Ask People We Love - Pioneers Press

Other Places You Can Find Me

Etsy. PayhipMedium.comYouTube. Tumblr. TinyLetter. Instagram. Twitter. Goodreads. Bandcamp. Issuu.

© Copyright 2014-2020 by Jessie Lynn McMains