“The aim of the poet and the poetry is finally to be of service...”
BRIEF AUTHOR BIO:
Jennifer Jean's debut poetry collection is The Fool (Big Table, 2013); her chapbooks include: The Archivist, and In the War. Her work has appeared, or is forthcoming, in: Rattle, Drunken Boat, Caketrain, Denver Quarterly, Tidal Basin Review, Waxwing, Solstice, Poets/Artists, North Dakota Quarterly, and more. She is Co-director of the Morning Garden Artist Retreats, and Poetry Editor for The Mom Egg Review; she teaches in Boston-area universities and at Free2Write poetry workshops for Amirah--a safe house for sex-trafficking survivors. Jennifer is on the advisory board for the Mass Poetry Festival, and she's the Administrative Editor at Talking/Writing Magazine.
LONGISH AUTHOR BIO:
Jennifer Jean’s debut poetry collection The Fool was released by Big Table Publishing in 2013. Her chapbooks include: The Archivist and In the War; as well as the multi-media chapbook Fishwife. She’s also released, with composer Sarah Eide, a collaborative CD called Fishwife Tales which is comprised of art songs, accompanied recitations, and rock ballads. Jennifer's poetry, essays, and book reviews have been published in numerous journals, including: Drunken Boat, Caketrain, Denver Quarterly, Tidal Basin Review, Poets/Artists, Poetica, Naugatuck River Review, North Dakota Quarterly, Southern California Review, Mass Poetry and more. Her work has been, or will be, anthologized in: Veils, Halos, & Shackles: a Poetry Anthology on the Abuse & Oppression of Women; More Than a Number: Poems for Baga; and in Writers of the Portuguese Diaspora in the United States and Canada. Jennifer received an "Award for Excellence in English Language Poetry” from the International Seonghwa Poetry Contest, and she's received a Pushcart Prize nomination for her poem "Love All the Girls". Her poem "Fishwife with Child," as set to music by Sarah Eide, won the 2011 Curtain Up! Prize; her long poem The Legend of Liban the Merrow was a finalist for the 2010 Firewheel Chapbook Award; and, she's received an Agnes Butler Award from the Academy of American Poets. Jennifer teaches Free2Write poetry workshops at Amirah--a safe house for sex-trafficking survivors, she's the Poetry Editor for The Mom Egg Review, an associate Poetry Editor for The Compassion Anthology, and she's the Administrative Editor for Talking/Writing Magazine. As well, she’s on the advisory board for the Mass Poetry Festival, and she's Co-director of the Morning Garden Artist Retreats. Jennifer lives in Peabody MA.
Purchase The Fool: HERE.
I'm reading @ the Amherst Poetry Festival on 10/1 @ 5pm.
Here's my Solstice Magazine essay on "The Politics of Empathy".
Here's my essay on the poetics of social justice: "Bridge & Knit".
My author interview is up at: Tinderbox Editions.
I'm the new Administrative Editor @ Talking/Writing Magazine!
The Compassion Anthology is amazing! Submit your poetry, prose, and artwork: HERE.