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Jenne’ R. Andrews is an American lyric poet; her poetry is noted for its musicality, emotional power and luminosity of imagery. Autumn House founder Michael Simms has found her work significant for both voice and craft. Early mentors include Robert Bly, Canadian poet Tom Wayman, former Colorado Poet Laureate Mary Crow, master poet Bill Tremblay, Pulitzer Prize winner Maxine Kumin and other luminaries of her generation.
In 2018 or 2019, of especial interest and great meaning to the poet, her second book length collection of poetry, And Now, the Road, will be published by the preeminent international house Salmon Poetry Ltd, Knockeven, the Cliffs of Moher, County Clare, Ireland, Jessie Lendennie, Publisher. The collection was also a finalist for the 2014 Autumn House Poetry Prize. The House recently issued a thirty-fifth anniversary anthology received favorably throughout the UK.
Sometime in 2017 a second Finishing Line collection, Bocca, Voce, Delirio – Mouth, Voice, Delirium– Poems of Italia and Amore, , will launch with a true bonus; an e-book translation of the work by Professor Lorenzo Luciani, New York State University, and the great Tuscan poet Rosalba DiVona. Visit the collection’s online home: Bocca, Voce, Delirio, Poems of Italia and Amore.
An expanded chapbook from Finishing Line Press, Blackbirds Dance in the Empire of Love, appeared in 2013, receiving high praise by her contemporaries. Copies of this book are available from Finishing Line; signed copies are available from the poet via firstname.lastname@example.org.
Andrews’ early collections of poetry include In Pursuit of the Family, edited and published by Robert Bly and the Minnesota Writers’ Publishing House and Reunion, Lynx House Press, Christopher Howell, Publisher. Also in the seventies, before ever completing a B.A., she was full-time Poet in Residence to the St. Paul Schools, and won both a National Endowment for the Arts Fellowship in Literature and a Minnesota State Arts Board grant.
In 1974, invited by NPR’s Caroline Marshall, the poet traveled to Italy, ultimately taking a train alone down the coast to Reggio Calabria to rendezvous with a lover. A sense of place richly informs Andrews’ oeuvre and thus southern Italy, New Mexico and Colorado background her work.
Returning to Colorado in 1978, the poet completed her bachelor’s degree and went on to take both M.A. and MFA degrees at Colorado State University. She has taught composition, literature and creative writing at CSU and The University of Colorado.
After twenty years of raising Golden Retrievers in Colorado, the poet lost most of her mobility in a fall from a horse. She has since devoted herself to a full time writing life, becoming a proficient political blogger, and posting reviews of new collections of poetry to this blog.
Andrews’ passions include loving and breeding English Cream Golden Retrievers, creating exquisite collectible baby dolls, civil rights advocacy and lately, blogging about politics in the regressive wormhole of the Trump presidency. She lives with her husband, fiction writer Jack Brooks, and dogs Angelo, Paris, Malibu and Scherzo on six acres on the county line in northern Colorado.
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