Jenn grew up in upstate New York. A former actress and stand-up comedian, she received a B.A. in Theatre from S.U.N.Y. New Paltz in 1984, but she’s always, at heart, been a writer. While living in Boston, she received an M.F.A. from the Bennington Writing Seminars in Literature and Nonfiction. In 2006 she landed in the Pacific Northwest and felt she’d found her place and community.
A portion of her memoir, House of My Sleepless Nights, was published in Salamander, and her interview with the writer Jane Brox appeared in The Writer’s Chronicle. Awarded a Millay Colony residency, she’s been a featured artist in SoundFalls, an evening of music and stories, in Carnation, WA, and was a finalist for the Lamar York Non-Fiction prize. Her essay, After Pilgrim, was published by Platypus Press. Her long-form essay, The Keepers of the Ghost Bird, about her encounter with one of the rarest seabirds in the world, has been published through Massachusetts Review’s Working Titles series as an e-book (link to page here), and will also be anthologized in Trailhead, Literature for the Backcountry (LimeHawk Press). The essay won the 2018 John Burrough’s Association Nature Essay of the year award. The essay was also a 2016 finalist in the New Millenium Writings Literary Awards. An interview with Jenn appears here: https://www.massreview.org/node/901.
She is currently working on a book about the historic and mystical Snoqualmie Valley in Washington, where she lives (modeled on Pilgrim At Tinker Creek), called Letters From the Valley of the Moon.