Jennifer Rose Poetry

Jennifer Rose was born in Evanston, Illinois, in 1959. She has lived primarily in Massachusetts since 1971, with stints in Maine, Illinois, Washington, D.C., and Maryland. She received her B.A. in English and Communications from Simmons College, an M.A. in Creative Writing and an M.U.A. in urban planning from Boston University. She is the author of two books of poetry, The Old Direction of Heaven (Truman State University Press, 2000) and Hometown for an Hour (Ohio University Press, 2006). Jennifer is a city planner specializing in downtown revitalization and the principal of Downtown Diva. Currently she is at work on a prose memoir. Jennifer is also a life-cycle celebrant, bringing her writing skills to weddings, funerals and other private and public ceremonies. Her celebrant website is Lyrical Passages.

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Selected poetry publications
Poetry, Paris Review, The Nation, Antioch Review, Denver Quarterly, The Journal, Chelsea, Boston Review, Women’s Review of Books, Verse, Ploughshares, Partisan Review, Agni Review, Naming the Waves, Ohio Review, Compost, Margie, Radical America, Sojourner, Tendril, Green House, Waltham News Tribune, Main Street News,,,, Poetry Daily, From the Farther Shore: Discovering Cape Cod & the Islands Through Poetry.

Selected prose publications
Boston Globe Magazine, Boston Globe Calendar, Baltimore Sun, Waltham News Tribune, Allston Brighton TAB, Melrose Free Press, Bay Windows, Main Street News, Agni Review, Ploughshares, Fourth Genre.

Selected awards
Penelope Niven Creative Nonfiction Award, 2012; Audre Lorde Poetry Prize, 2007; Paumanok Poetry Prize, 2006; Hollis Summers Award, 2004; New England Poetry Club Motton Book Award, 2000; Poetry Society of America Lyric Poetry Award, 1996; PSA Emily Dickinson Award, 1990; “Discovery”/The Nation, 1985; PEN/New England “Discovery,” 1982.

Selected grants/fellowships
Ragdale, 1994, 1996, 2012, 2016, 2018; Astraea Foundation, 1999; Massachusetts Cultural Council Fellowship, 1998; Mary Anderson Center, 1997; Barbara Deming Memorial Fund, 1995; National Endowment for the Arts Literature Fellowship, 1993; Virginia Center for the Creative Arts, 1993, 2017; NEA Arts Administration Fellowship, 1988; Yaddo, 1985, 1984.