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Jenne’ R. Andrews has been a signature American lyric poet, blogger, essayist and writer of fiction, publishing widely since the 70’s; by the end of 2018, having just turned 70, she will have published seven collections of poetry, prose including her several blogs including book reviews, and the self-published memoir Nightfall in Verona.
Andrews’ work has been lauded and guided by Canada’s most prolific poet Tom Wayman, the great Robert Bly, Christopher Howell, Michael Simms, NPR’s Caroline Marshall, and others . She migrated to the Twin Cities in 1971; two significant literary benchmarks were her appointment for four consecutive years as Poet in Residence to the St. Paul Schools from 1974-78, and winning both a National Endowment for the Arts Fellowship in Literature and a Minnesota State Arts Board grant, all before returning to Colorado upon the death of her father, completing her B.A. at Colorado State.
The poet went onto earn two graduate degrees in creative writing/poetry. She undertook her MFA at Colorado State University under the brilliant poets Bill Tremblay and Mary Crow, extricating the degree in 2014 from a bit of a tangle involving the accidental loss of her thesis signature page and the improper purging of her file by the English Department.
Andrews’ first collection, In Pursuit of the Family, appeared in 1974, edited and published by Robert Bly and The Minnesota Writers Publishing House. A first small press book, Reunion, was invited and published by Christopher Howell and Lynx House Press in 1983.
She taught throughout the eighties and into to the mid-nineties at Colorado State and the University of Colorado.
After a long hiatus immersed in a rural life in Colorado, raising Golden Retrievers, Arabian horses and dairy goats that culminated with the loss of much of her mobility in a fall from a horse in 2007, Andrews reconnected to her literary career. She has published essays, book reviews, and poetry translated from both Spanish and Italian on her blogs La Parola Vivace and Loquaciously Yours.
This blog has been a work in progress since early 2010. Nearly 130,000 overall views and counting. Here is a wonderful compliment from a friend and blog follower: “Your creative gifts, your activism, and your sharp intellect make this world a better, more transparent, more honest, beautiful place.”
You can read much more about me here. Contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org; I am on Facebook at Jenne R Andrews, and Twitter as jenandrewspoet.
Update as of December 2016
Please note that this year a second Finishing Line Collection, and expanded chapbook comprised of my “Italiana,” poems written about a classic southern Italian love affair many years ago, will launch in 2017, with a true bonus; e-book translation by the very finest: Professor Lorenzo Luciani, New York, and the great Tuscan poet Rosalba DiVona; order from Finishing Line or through the book’s site. Stay tuned, and visit the collection’s online home: Bocca, Voce, Delirio, Poems of Italia and Amore;. The work will also be searchable on Amazon.
My second booklength collection of poetry, And Now, the Road, will be published by the marvelous international house Salmon Poetry Ltd, Knockeven, the Cliffs of Moher, County Clare, Ireland, in the spring of 2018, in time for the annual Associated Writers Program conference. I am absolutely thrilled and honored to have been invited by publisher Jessie Lendennie to give this book a home; it was also a finalist for the 2014 Autumn House Poetry Prize.
Please do take the time to browse Salmon and Finishing Line lists— thankfully, in view of the hijack of the 2016 presidential election by the White Nationalist Right, about which I have copiously blogged, we live in a young and fruitful millenium in which there are more practicing poets and other writers than ever before, to provide balm to the soul and heart if we but permit it.
Individual poems appear regularly in Vox Populi, the wonderful multi-cultural ‘zine founded and published by Michael Simms. Approximately fifteen of my poems have run in VP since last winter.
My first collection of poetry in some thirty years, an expanded chapbook from Finishing Line Press, Blackbirds Dance in the Empire of Love; appeared in 2013, with endorsements from Jim Moore, collected and new poems Underground, Graywolf Press; Dawn Potter , Same Old Story, CavanKerry Press, and Patricia Kirkpatrick, winner of the 2013 Minnesota Book Award for Odessa from Milkweed Editions; these grace the back cover, with cover art by John Sokol. Copies of this book are available from Finishing Line; signed copies are available from me via email@example.com.
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