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Before I Knew
What Mania Was
2019 Nominee for a Pushcart Prize
- The Tishman
Finalist for the 2018 Edna St. Vincent Millay
B I O
A 2019 Pushcart Prize nominee, Jen was born in the former mill town of Torrington, Connecticut where generations of her family worked the brass mills, machine shops, taught school, ran a boarding house and guarded the sewers.
Jen currently leads inclusive creative writing workshops at Westport Writers Workshop. With a background in progressive political activism, Jen has had the privilege of facilitating workshops in prison, for women living in poverty and for mothers of disabled kids.
Jen is an affiliate of Amherst Writers & Artists
and believes everyone who writes is a writer, that the art of writing belongs to all people regardless
of education, disability or economic class. She believes that carefully listening to people telling their own stories can change the world.
Her poems have been published in The Tishman Review, Panoply, Gyroscope Review, THAT Literary Review, Exposition Review, Paragon Journal, and Naugatuck River Review, among other places. She is a contributor to the Hartford L.I.T. anthology and her short fiction is in High Plains Register. A finalist for the 2018 Edna St. Vincent Millay Poetry Prize as judged by Major Jackson, Jen also earned a fellowship at the 2018 Martha's Vineyard Institute of Creative Writing.
Jen studied writing and literature at Sarah Lawrence College, UMASS-Boston, Poets House, the Mark Twain House, Westport Writers Workshop, with Amherst Writers & Artists, Grace Paley, Barbara Henning, R.A.Villanueva, and the journalist, Susan Campbell.
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"I hope you will not miss the opportunity to know Jenipher! She has much to offer the world with her talent, her passion and her kind heart."
- Amy Challenger, author, teacher, Huffington Post
"I greatly appreciate what she has done for me as a writer; I've regained my confidence and will to write."
- Kathy Satterfield, writer, Time Magazine