Marc Jampole

Marc Jampole
Marc Jampole
Born July 24, 1950 (1950-07-24) (age 61)
New York City
Occupation Poet
Public relations executive
Former Television news reporter
Nationality United States
Period 1982 -

Marc Jampole (born July 24, 1950) is an American poet, public relations executive, and former television news reporter.

Jampole owns the public relations agency Jampole Communications, Inc. in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania and has lectured and written extensively on crisis communications issues. He has written more than 1000 magazine and newspaper articles, published his poems in a variety of literary journals and authored one book of poetry, Music From Words.

As a news reporter, Jampole was the first journalist to highlight the impact of the graying of the baby boom generation on American society.


Background and education

Marc Jampole was born in New York City and attended nine different schools in New York, New Jersey, Delaware, Florida, and Wisconsin before graduating from high school at age 16. He went on to graduate from the University of Wisconsin–Milwaukee summa cum laude and won the Robert E. Norris scholarship for his academic achievement.

Jampole earned a Masters of Art and completed his course work and general examinations for a PhD in comparative literature from the University of Washington. He later conducted independent research at the Free University of West Berlin on a Fulbright Grant.


While at the University of Washington, Jampole taught French literature and French and German language, and later taught filmmaking in the Washington Extension School. Taking an early interest in creative ventures he minored in theatre as an undergraduate and filmmaking as a graduate student.

During the mid-1970s, Jampole made a number of avant-garde short subject films and often showed them at film festivals. He also ran a closed circuit television station for Pacific Northwest Bell in Seattle. After relocating to San Francisco in 1977, he worked at KRON-TV, KGO-TV [the ABC affiliate], KTVU-TV, and KSTS-TV in their television news departments as a writer, field producer, and on-air reporter. Jampole received a news Emmy nomination for his coverage of the 1980 presidential election for KRON-TV (NBC).

In his last position, as reporter for the national business news show Business Today, from 1981–1982, Jampole was seen in 10 markets across the country. For Business Today, he produced a series of five-part reports, including one on The Graying of the Baby Boomers which aired in 1981, and another on the shrinking middle class. Jampole is considered to be the first journalist in the mass media to report on both of these trends.

In 1982, Jampole moved to Pittsburgh and started working as a freelance writer to earn a living. During this transition, he quit filmmaking and dedicated his creative writing ventures to poetry. After three years of freelance writing and working for several large, international advertising agencies, he formed his own company, Jampole Communications, Inc.

As a public relations executive, Jampole developed and directed the implementation plans to respond to more than 100 business and other crises, including three of the largest chapter 11 bankruptcies in American history - the bankruptcy of Allegheny International and two Penn Traffic Company bankruptcies. Jampole Communications is known nationally for its crisis communications work.

Outside of Jampole Communications, Marc Jampole is the author of one book of poetry, Music From Words published in 2007 by Bellday Books of North Carolina. Other works of poetry have been published in The Evansville Review, Cortland Review, Slant, A Capella Zoo, Fish Drum, 580 Split, Mississippi Review, Oxford Review, Ellipsis, Main Street Rag, Janus Head, Negative Capability, Peralta, Spitball and other journals. Four of his poems have been nominated for The Pushcart Prize.

Style and themes

Jampole’s style of poetry is considered unlike mainstream contemporary American poetry for several reasons.

First, the voice in his poems is rarely himself and the poems rarely autobiographical. The narrators in his poems are sometimes famous people, sometimes quite ordinary. In one poem, a real-estate agent who thinks he's Moses Moses sees the burning bush in an upscale suburb. In others, Gilgamesh gets caught in a traffic jam, Pascal faces a crisis of faith and faith in reason, a former whiz kid disassociates into psychosis and Hugo Ball, one of the founders of the Dada movement, sells his wife to soldiers. As Kate Zangrilli wrote, "Mr. Jampole creates some of the deepest feeling people you will ever meet."[1]

Jampole also frequently experiments with the musicality inherent in words. Michael Wurster noted that most of Jampole's poems are characterized by sound experiments. "Jampole is absolutely unique in the way he expresses his material, especially with regard to sound, meter and rhythm."[1] Adrienne Muncy of stated, "The most salient feature of Jampole's poetry is his talent for finding unique ways to make the reader think, and think hard."[2]


  • Fulbright Fellowship - 1976-1977
  • The Silver Anvil - 1987
  • Financial World's Annual Report Award - 1993


  • The Pushcart Prize - 1989




Preludes - 1976

The Judgement of Paris - 1978

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