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Jennifer Jean

Current City, State, Country

Massachusetts, USA

Birth City, State, Country

California, USA


Jennifer Jean’s forthcoming poetry collection is VOZ (Lily Books). Other collections include The Fool (Big Table), and Object Lesson (Lily Books) which explores sex-trafficking and objectification in America. She’s also released the teaching resource Object Lesson: a Guide to Writing Poetry (Lily Books). Her poetry, prose, and co-translations have appeared in POETRY, Rattle, The Common, On the Seawall, Waxwing, Terrain, and as an Academy of American Poets “Poem-a-Day.” She’s been awarded fellowships from the Kenyon Review Writers Workshop, DISQUIET/Dzanc Books, and the Massachusetts Cultural Council; as well, she received an Ambassador for Peace Award from the Women’s Federation for World Peace. Ongoing projects include co-editing and co-translating the bilingual anthology Other Paths for Shahrazad: Contemporary Poetry by Arabic Women Writers (press TBD). Jennifer curates and hosts the popular Wilder Words reading series, and she edits poetry for Talking Writing and translations for Consequence Forum. As an arts administrator, she’s an organizer for the Her Story Is collective which fosters collaborations between Iraqi and American women artists; and, she’s the program manager of 24PearlStreet, the Fine Arts Work Center’s online writing program.

Published Works

VOZ (Lily Books, 2023)
Object Lesson (Lily Books, 2021)
The Fool (2013)

Object Lesson: a Guide to Writing Poetry (Lily Books, 2021)

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Current Title

Program Manager of 24PearlStreet, the Fine Arts Work Center's online writing program