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Jen Sage-Robison

Poet   Writer   Teacher

P O E M S

A photograph of a dreamy-looking sky. The clouds are light and puffy, though there is a darkness in them at the bottom of the picture. Sunlight glows in the distance on the left.

Undertakers

A sepia-toned photograph of a Dutch-Colonial-style house with a 1920's car parked in front of it. A stone wall wraps around the front of the house. Two figures lounges on the stone front porch.

Speculative Real Estate

A close-up of a rug being unrolled by a woman. Only the woman's jeans, part of her pale blue blouse and some strands of her long dark hair are visible behind the rolled-up rug.

A Larcenous Streak Runs

in My Family

 

Before I Knew 

What Mania Was

 

2019 Nominee for a Pushcart Prize

"Haunting..."

- The Tishman

Review

Finalist for the 2018 Edna St. Vincent Millay

Poetry Prize

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.

 
 

Upcoming Events

  • Essential Writing for Essential Workers
    On Zoom for 6 weeks
    Jul 23, 2020, 6:00 PM – 8:00 PM EDT
    On Zoom for 6 weeks
    Free Virtual Creative Writing Workshop for Essential Workers! A generative creative writing workshop for essential workers in CT and NY based on the gentle and encouraging Amherst Writers & Artists method.
  • Writing from Memory and Imagination
    Zoom
    Jun 23, 2020, 10:00 AM – 1:00 PM EDT
    Zoom
    A joyful and supportive writing circle where you can write nothing wrong, nothing too sad, nothing too mad, nothing too raunchy, nothing too silly, nothing too political, too anything. A writing circle where we listen as deeply as we write and offer feedback that uplifts each writer's unique voice.
  • Poetry Reading in Celebration of Bethel's New Poet Laureate
    Byrd's Books
    Nov 10, 2019, 6:30 PM
    Byrd's Books, 178 Greenwood Ave, Bethel, CT 06801, USA
    As a finalist, I'll be reading a few of my poems at the Celebration of the Bethel, Connecticut's First Poet Laureate, Cortney Davis
  • Spring Poetry Series at Byrd's Books
    Byrd's Books
    Apr 12, 2019, 7:00 PM
    Byrd's Books, 178 Greenwood Ave, Bethel, CT 06801, USA
  • Writing from Memory and Imagination
    Westport Writers' Workshop
    Apr 03, 2019, 10:00 AM – 1:00 PM
    Westport Writers' Workshop, 3 Sylvan Rd S, Norwalk, CT 06850, USA
    Weekly Amherst Writers and Artists-based creative writing workshop
  • Confluencia - an Evening of Poetry
    Naugatuck Valley Community College
    Mar 26, 2019, 5:30 PM
    Naugatuck Valley Community College , 190 Main St, Danbury, CT 06810, USA, second floor Room D-203
    An evening of poetry with Brian Clements, Jen Sage-Robison, and Marilynn Turner, moderated by Steve Parlato.
  • Writing Workshop - From Imagination and Memory - Winter 2019
    Westport Writers Workshop
    Jan 25, 2019, 10:00 AM – Mar 09, 2019, 1:00 PM
    Westport Writers Workshop, 3 Sylvan Rd S, Westport, CT 06880, USA
    Join our generative writing circle on three hours each Friday morning. We learn to listen carefully to our creative selves.
  • Fall in Love with the Lyric Essay
    Westport Writers' Workshop
    Oct 27, 2018, 10:00 AM – 1:00 PM
    Westport Writers' Workshop, 3 Sylvan Rd S, Norwalk, CT 06850, USA
    Come try this exciting, flexible, short form – the lyric essay. The lyric essay lives in the intersection of creative nonfiction and memoir.
  • Poetry Reading at the SpeakEasy at the Noelke Gallery, Torrington, CT
    Noelke Gallery
    Sep 09, 2018, 7:00 PM
    Noelke Gallery, 15 Water St, Torrington, CT 06790, USA
    I'll be reading my poems about Torrington, the sturdy mill town in the northwestern hills of Connecticut where I was born.
  • Writing Workshop - From Imagination and Memory - Fall 2018 Session
    Westport Writers Workshop
    Sep 07, 2018, 10:00 AM – 12:30 PM
    Westport Writers Workshop, 3 Sylvan Rd S, Westport, CT 06880, USA
    Join our writing circle on two and a half hours each Friday morning. We learn to listen carefully to our creative selves and take excellent notes!
  • Women's One-Day Creative Writing Retreat
    Westport Writers Workshop
    Jul 28, 2018, 10:00 AM – 3:00 PM
    Westport Writers Workshop, 3 Sylvan Rd S, Westport, CT 06880, USA
    Join our day-long retreat for women. We'll listen carefully to our creative selves and write in the voices that belong to us alone. I'll provide prompts and we'll write in short bursts and indulge in longer, more thoughtful writing as well, sharing when we feel comfortable. Trans women welcome.
  • Fellowship at Martha's Vineyard Institute of Creative Writing
    Martha's Vineyard
    Jun 11, 2018, 6:00 PM – Jun 17, 2018, 6:00 PM
    Martha's Vineyard, Martha's Vineyard, Massachusetts, USA
    I'll be studying with poets, Samantha Tetangco and Christopher Citro for a week on one of my favorite islands. I'm very honored and excited.
  • Poetry Reading at 323 Bar and Restaurant, Main Street, Westport
    323 Bar and Restaurant
    Apr 20, 2018, 7:00 PM – 9:00 PM
    323 Bar and Restaurant, 323 Main St, Westport, CT 06880, USA
    Join us for food and drinks at this great restaurant in Westport as New Yorker poet, Charles Rafferty and his students at Westport Writers Workshop read some of their poetry.
  • Spring Poetry Reading at Byrd's Books
    Byrd's Books
    Apr 14, 2018, 3:00 PM – 5:00 PM
    Byrd's Books, 126 Greenwood Ave, Bethel, CT 06801, USA
    Poetry Reading with Marilyn Nelson, Gail Carson Levine, Doug Anderson and Jen Sage-Robison

CONTACT

For publishing inquiries, please contact Jen at jensagerobison@gmail.com

For teaching inquiries, please contact Jen

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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

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