Jennifer Perrine

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Jennifer Perrine is an acclaimed writer and educator living in Portland, Oregon. Jennifer is the author of four books of poetry—Again, The Body Is No Machine, In the Human Zoo, and No Confession, No Mass—and has published short stories, essays, reviews, and interviews in over twenty publications. Jennifer’s writing has received accolades including the Publishing Triangle Audre Lorde Award, the Prairie Schooner Book Prize, and the Oregon Poetry Community Fellowship.

Jennifer taught creative writing, social justice, and gender studies as a professor at Drake University for ten years and has led community writing classes for middle and high school students, people who are incarcerated, military veterans and their families, LGBTQIA+ affinity groups, and general audiences. Jennifer continues to facilitate group writing workshops and also acts as an individual writing coach for people seeking to develop their skills and prepare work for potential publishers.

To support the work of other writers, Jennifer serves as an editor at Airlie Press, a consensus-based collective that publishes and promotes poetry by Pacific Northwest writers. They also currently serve as a guest editor for Broadsided Press, the co-host of the Incite: Queer Writers reading series, and the host of The Occasion, a monthly poetry show on KBOO FM.

Jennifer also advises non-profit organizations on incorporating social justice practices into their work. Drawing on previous experience in human resources, employee engagement, and leadership development, Jennifer specializes in guiding organizations to develop equitable processes around hiring, decision-making, supervision, delegation, and professional growth.

When not writing, teaching, or coaching, Jennifer square dances with the Rosetown Ramblers, leads volunteer planting crews with Friends of Trees, and is an avid hiker and backpacker. Learn more at