Author Talk - Jennifer L Freed: “How to Turn Your Journal Entries, Free-Writes (And Rants) Into a Coherent Work.” Writer and educator Jennifer L Freed, author of the memoir-in-poems When Light Shifts (Kelsay, 2022), will discuss how the journal entries and back-of-envelope scribblings that kept her sane in the aftermath of her mother’s stroke became published poems in journals such as Atlanta Review, West Trestle Review, and Zone 3, and how she later organized disparate pieces into a memoir. She will also address aspects of narrative arc, point of view, and publication that are applicable to both prose and poetry manuscripts.
Jennifer L. Freed is the author of When Light Shifts (Kelsay, 2022), a finalist for the 2022 Sheila Margaret Motton Book Prize, and of These Hands Still Holding, a finalist in the 2013 New Women's Voices Chapbook Competition (Finishing Line Press, 2014). Other awards include the 2022 Frank O'Hara Prize (Worcester County Poetry Association) and the 2020 Samuel Washington Allen Prize for a long poem or poem-sequence (New England Poetry Club). She was awarded Honorable Mention for the 2022 Connecticut Poetry Award, has been a finalist for the Frank O'Hara prize multiple times, and has received nominations for the Pushcart Prize and Orison Anthology. She lives in Massachusetts.
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