Jessy Poole

Jessy Poole

$5,000 Buell Graduate
$ 400 Gene Halker Memorial

A 1998 graduate of Fort Atkinson High School, Poole graduated with a degree in English from University of Wisconsin-Whitewater in 2003. After earning a master’s of fine arts degree in fiction writing at the University of Utah in 2008, Poole was admitted to the doctoral program at the State University of New York-Albany where he has since been studying and teaching English. Poole’s dissertation, titled The Otter’s Passing, is a collection of short stories exploring life in rural Wisconsin. One of his references wrote of him, “To put it most simply, Poole is a multi-talented, accomplished, nuanced, engaging scholar, fiction writer, and teacher. . . And I have not yet mentioned he also happens to be a charming, kind man.”