A full-time writer born and raised in rural Connecticut, Jenn Powers has earned a Master of Fine Arts (MFA) in Creative & Professional Writing and a Bachelor of Arts (BA) in English. Jenn writes flash fiction, short stories, prose poetry, creative nonfiction, novellas, and novels. Much of her shorter, earlier work is under the name Jennifer A. Powers, but from summer 2016 on, she plans on using the shorter version of her name: Jenn Powers. She is currently immersed in her most significant creative project yet, a creative nonfiction memoir that will appeal to a variety of audiences and sub-genres to include personal transformation, travel, victimization of women, women's empowerment, and a special way to deal with hardship, emotional toil, and setbacks.
Her work has been anthologized in Veils, Halos, and Shackles, an international book of poetry by Kasva Press (April 2016), about incidents of rape and women's oppression. Her short story "Saturday Nights in Winter" was a finalist for the 2015 Scribes Valley Short Story Contest based in Tennessee, which was also published this past April in a short story collection called Slow the Pace.
WRITER ~ ADVENTURER ~ PHOTOGRAPHER
She has written in the genre of psychological thrillers, dramas, and dark romance. Her work has been called gripping, captivating, emotional, thought-provoking, and raw. Her literary credits include short fiction published or forthcoming in a number of literary journals, including The MacGuffin, Folio, Hawai'i Pacific Review, Diverse Voices Quarterly, The Oddville Press (London), and Grasslimb.
As a hobby, she is developing as a creative photographer. She has photographs published or forthcoming in Hayden's Ferry Review, Foliate Oak, Josephine Quarterly, Subprimal Poetry Art, The Meadowland Review, Paper Tape Magazine, San Francisco Peace and Hope, and Blue Lyra Review.
Growing up as an only child, Jenn leaned on many forms of creativity, such as dancing, drawing, and painting, and she is a lifelong practitioner of these interests. Her free time is occupied with scrapbooking, travel, hiking, yoga, gardening, cooking, music, movies, family, and of course, the world of books and all things literary. Her future plans include an increase in her involvement in philanthropy, adventure travel, and family. She is proud of her heritage, which is one-fourth each of French, Russian, Polish, and Irish.
Jenn believes artists should watch out for dream-killers. She says it’s important to focus on the word “possible” since anything is possible. It's important to keep at it no matter what happens and to follow your own path despite opposition or what others may think. As E.E. Cummings said, “It takes courage to grow up and become who you really are.”
Furthermore, Jenn completed an epic 8,000 mile solo journey in 2015. She has so much to tell. Stay tuned for many of her hundreds of photographs from this trip, which was part odyssey, part journey, part necessity.
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