Marc Jampole

Parker House, Boston

Marc Jampole reading at the historic Parker House, Boston, March 19, 2009.

Marc Jampole wrote Music from Words, published by Bellday Books (2007). His poetry has appeared in Evansville Review, Mississippi Review, Cortland Review, Vallum, Slant, Cutthroat, Ellipsis and other journals. Over the years, four of his poems have been nominated for the Pushcart Prize. More than 1,500 freelance articles he has written on various topics have been published in magazines and newspapers. Marc also writes the OpEdge blog, which appears on the websites of two national publications.


University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, Milwaukee, Wisconsin, 1967-71; B.A. (Honors) summa cum laude in comparative literature; Robert Norris Scholarship for the Outstanding Student, 1971.

University of Washington, Seattle, Washington, 1971-1974; M.A. in comparative literature; completed all course work and took general exams for Ph.D.

Fulbright Fellowship: University of Berlin, West Berlin, Federal Republic of Germany, 1976-77; to conduct independent research in film and literature.

Teaching Experience

University of Washington, Seattle, Washington; 1972-1974: instructor in French literature and French and German languages.

University of Pittsburgh, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, 1988-1989: adjunct professor of English teaching corporate writing.

Business Career Highlights

  • Was the first journalist to report on the impact of the graying of the baby boom on the U.S. (1981) and the transformation of our middle class society into a nation of rich and poor (1982).
  • Was nominated for a news Emmy for production of the NBC-TV 1980 presidential election coverage in San Francisco.
  • Has operated Jampole Communications, a mid-sized Pittsburgh marketing communications agency for more than 25 years.
  • Has won more than 25 national and regional awards for crisis communications, advertising and public relations work.
  • Developed and implemented communications plans for three of the largest chapter 11 bankruptcies in U.S. history.

Publications by Marc Jampole

Books of Poetry

Music from Words (Bellday Books, 2007). Finalist for the 2008 Indie Book Award in Poetry.

Individual Poems

Individual poems have been published in a number of literary journals, including 580 Split, Acapella Zoo, Cortland Review, Curbside Review, Cutthroat, Ellipsis, Evansville Review, Janus Head, Jewish Currents, Main Street Rag, Miracle, Mississippi Review, Negative Capability, Orphic Lute, Oxford Review, Paper Street, Peralta, Pittsburgh Quarterly, Rune, Sin Fronteras, Slant, Spitball, White Pelican Review, Wilderness House Review, Vallum, and Yawp.

Individual poems have appeared in a number of anthologies, including Along These Rivers (2009), Bagel Bards IV (2009), Bagel Bards V (2010), Final Love (2012), Journey (2009), Natural Language (2010), Only the Sea Keeps (2005), Poet’s Passover (2008), and Squaw Valley Poetry Anthology (2005).

Poems nominated for The Pushcart Prize: “July 4th,” “Imaginary Landscape with 29 Birds,” “Staff Meeting Minutes,” “Schoenberg’s Second Conversion.”

Poetry Readings

Has given poetry readings throughout the country, including in New York, Boston, Pittsburgh, Cleveland, Durham, Los Angeles, Raleigh, and Seattle.


Writes the popular OpEdge blog, which analyzes the propaganda techniques and hidden ideology of the mass media and mass culture in the United States. OpEdge currently has more than 35,000 followers and appears on the websites of two national publications, Progressive Populist and Jewish Currents.


Has written more than 1,500 articles on various topics that have appeared in national and regional newspapers, magazines and professional journals.

Films and Videos

Has written and directed more than 150 television commercials, documentaries and corporate training programs and five experimental short-subject films.

Books Edited

Excursion for Miracles, Mark Franko (Wesleyan University Press, 2005).

Language Development and Age, Julia Herschensohn (Cambridge University Press, 2007).

Family Matters, Homage to July, the Slave Girl, Shelby Stephenson (Bellday Books, 2008).