Ph.D. English, Emory University - Renaissance and Seventeenth-Century British Literature
M.A. English, Drake University
B.A. English, Emory University
About Jill Peláez Baumgaertner
Jill previously taught at Valparaiso University and joined the Wheaton faculty in 1980. She is the author of Finding Cuba (Chimney Hill Press, 2001), a collection of poems that explores her Cuban ancestry, and three poetry chapbooks: Leaving Eden (White Eagle Coffee Store Press, 1995), Namings (Franciscan University Press, 1999), and My Father's Bones (Finishing Line Press, 2006). She has also written a textbook/anthology, Poetry (Harcourt Brace, 1990); and Flannery O'Connor: A Proper Scaring (Cornerstone Press, 1998).
She was a Fulbright fellow to Spain, was nominated for a Pushcart Prize and is the winner of the White Eagle Coffee Store Press's poetry chapbook contest, the Goodman Award, an Illinois Arts Council Award, the Illinois Prize of the Rock River Poetry Contest, and the CCL Midwest Poetry Contest. She serves as poetry editor of The Christian Century and is past president of the Conference on Christianity and Literature.
Membership in Professional Societies
- Modern Language Association
- Conference on Christianity and Literature
- Midwest MLA
- Academy of American Poets
- Associated Writing Programs
- Fulbright Association
- Society of Midland Authors
Imago Dei: Poems from Christianity and Literature, Jill Baumgaertner, editor (Abilene Christian University Press, forthcoming 2012).
Simeon's Song: The Nunc Oimittis, Carl Schalk, composer; Jill Baumgaertner, librettist. (Minneapolis: Augsburg Fortress, 2011).
Scenes from the New Testament, Carl Schalk, composer; Jill Baumgaertner, librettist. (Minneapolis: Augsburg Fortress, 2009).
My Father’s Bones (Georgetown, Kentucky: Finishing Line Press, 2006).
Finding Cuba (Valparaiso, Indiana: Chimney Hill Press, 2001).
Namings (poetry chapbook) (Steubenville, Ohio: Franciscan University Press, 1998).
Flannery O'Connor: A Proper Scaring, 2nd Edition (Chicago: Cornerstone, 1998).
Leaving Eden (poetry chapbook) (White Eagle Coffee Store Press, 1995).
Poetry (textbook) (Harcourt, Brace, Jovanovich, 1990).
Flannery O’Connor: A Proper Scaring (Harold Shaw, 1988).