Photo credit: Serena Agusto-Cox, 2022

W. Luther Jett

b. 1951

Current City, State, Country

Washington Grove, Maryland. USA

Birth City, State, Country

Danville, Illinois, USA


W. Luther Jett is a native of Montgomery County, Maryland and a retired special educator. His poetry has been published in numerous journals, such as The GW Review, Beltway, Bourgeon, New Verse News, Potomac Review, and Little Patuxent Review as well as several anthologies, including “My Cruel Invention”, “The Great World of Days”, and “Written in Arlington”. His poetry performance piece, Flying to America, debuted at the 2009 Capital Fringe Festival in Washington D.C. Luther’s poem “Monuments” was among the winning poems in the 2021 “Moving Words” competition, sponsored by the city of Arlington. His poem “Zeta” was named a co-winner in the 2022 American Writers Review competition, sponsored by San Fedale Press.

Luther has been a featured reader at many D.C. area venues and most recently read at the Gaithersburg Book Festival in May, 2022. He is the author of five poetry chapbooks: Not Quite: Poems Written in Search of My Father, (Finishing Line Press, 2015), and Our Situation, (Prolific Press, 2018), Everyone Disappears (Finishing Line Press, 2020), Little Wars (Kelsay Books, 2021), and Watchman, What of the Night? (CW Books, 2022). Luther is the facilitator of a monthly virtual open mike  sponsored by the Hyattstown Mill Arts Project in Hyattstown, Maryland. He also coordinates two monthly on-line poetry critique workshops.

Published Works

Watchman, What of the Night? (CW Books, 2022)
Little Wars (Kelsay Books, 2021)
Everyone Disappears (Finishing Line Press, 2020)
Our Situation, (Prolific Press, 2018)
Not Quite: Poems Written in Search of My Father, (Finishing Line Press, 2015)

Author Site

Links to Sample Works

Video Reading


M.ED, University of Maryland, 1992
B.A. Hood Collge, 1981

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