“The aim of the poet and the poetry is finally to be of service...”
BRIEF AUTHOR BIO:
Jennifer Jean's most recent poetry collection is The Fool; other collections include: The Archivist, Fishwife, and In the War. Her work has appeared in: Drunken Boat, Caketrain, Denver Quarterly, Tidal Basin Review, Poets/Artists, Naugatuck River Review, North Dakota Quarterly, and more. She is Co-director of the Morning Garden Artist Retreats, Poetry Editor for The Mom Egg Review, Poetry Editor for The Compassion Project: An Anthology; 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, The Mom Egg Review, Poetica, Naugatuck River Review, North Dakota Quarterly, Southern California Review, Mass Poetry and more. Her work has been, or will be, anthologized in: More Than a Number: Prose & Poems for Baga, Veils, Halos, & Shackles: a Poetry Anthology on the Abuse & Oppression of Women, 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, in 2013. She received a Pushcart Prize nomination for her poem "Love All the Girls" in 2013. 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; and, she is the Administrative Editor at 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.
Here's my recent essay on poetics: "Bridge & Knit: the State of Poetry".
My review of Adrian Matejka's "The Big Smoke" is up at Mass Poetry.
Here's my "Meet the Writer" interview at: Grab the Lapels!
I'm the new Administrative Editor @ Talking/Writing Magazine!
My poem on Korean re-unification is up @ The Compassion Project.
My poem "Lament for Q" is up @ the Lament for the Dead anthology.