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Jennifer Sperry Steinorth

Excerpt 1 from Her Read: A Graphic Poem


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Jennifer Sperry Steinorth’s books include A Wake with Nine Shades and Her Read, A Graphic Poem, recipient of the Foreword Reviews Bronze Prize for Poetry and the Fred Whitehead Award for design form the Texas Institute of Letters. A poet, educator, interdisciplinary artist and licensed builder, she has received grants from Vermont Studio Center, the Sewanee Writers Conference, Community of Writers and the MFA for Writers at Warren Wilson College.  Their poems appear in Beloit Poetry Journal, Black Warrior Review, The Cincinnati Review, Mid-American Review, Missouri Review, New Ohio Review, Pleiades, Plume, Rhino, and TriQuarterly.  She is a lecturer at the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor and a 2023-2024 Beinecke Fellow at Yale where she is at work on a biography of American poet, C.D. Wright. Steinorth began her artistic life as a dancer, practicing and performing with the Houston Ballet, the School of the Pennsylvania Ballet, and Interlochen Arts Academy. For 15 years she was president and lead designer for a design-build construction company specializing in environmentally-responsible homes; their architectural work has been featured in Fine Homebuilding and other national journals. Their visual art has appeared at the Dennos Museum, Woman Made Gallery in Chicago and elsewhere. She moonlights as an architectural designer and building consultant when the wind is just so.

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