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, poetry, creative nonfiction, novellas, and novels. She is a self-taught visual artist and photographer, which she has been involved with for over a decade alongside her writing. Jenn is also beginning to dabble in the video editing world to include short films.
For 2018, she is currently immersed in her most significant creative project yet, a memoir that will appeal to a variety of women and sub-genres to include personal transformation, travel, victimization, women's empowerment, and ways to deal with hardship, emotional toil, and setbacks. She is also working on a psychological thriller as a second project.
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 short fiction has been published or forthcoming in a number of literary journals, including The Pinch Journal, Jabberwock Review, Chicago Literati, Folio, Thin Air, and The Write Launch, among others.
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 published in a short story collection called Slow the Pace with Scribes Valley Publishing.
She is developing as a photographer and visual artist. She has art published or forthcoming in Hayden's Ferry Review, Mud Season Review, Stonecoast Review, The Nassau Review, Into the Void, Star 82 Review, and Calyx, among others.
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 and to follow your own path despite opposition or what others may think. As E.E. Cummings once said, “It takes courage to grow up and become who you really are.”
Furthermore, Jenn completed an epic 8,000 mile solo journey in May and June of 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.
Growing up as an only child, and within a working class family, 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 hiking, yoga, gardening, cooking, music, movies, family, and of course, the world of books and art. Her future plans include an increase in her involvement in philanthropy and adventure travel. Over the next decade, she wants to climb the highest peak in each state, which include Kings Peak in Utah, Mount Rainier in Washington, and Mount Elbert in Colorado.