Books

Jena’s new collection of poems caps off a year of darkness with these words: “The sun’s up there somewhere.” This book is equal parts invitation, prayer, protest, and love song to the pain and beauty of humanity and everyday life.   “[These poems] sing a kind of blues laced with threads of hope.”  ~ Sue Ann Gleason  Available  on Amazon .

Jena’s new collection of poems caps off a year of darkness with these words: “The sun’s up there somewhere.” This book is equal parts invitation, prayer, protest, and love song to the pain and beauty of humanity and everyday life.

“[These poems] sing a kind of blues laced with threads of hope.” ~ Sue Ann Gleason

Available on Amazon.

A memoir through poems written over the course of fifteen years, tracing one woman’s fierce journey through marriage, motherhood, and coming out–when she risked everything she knew in order to claim what she had denied for so long: herself.   “A travelogue across love’s mysteries and longings. Sensual, romantic, insistent. Jena traces the epic battle in the heart’s final surrender to freedom.”  ~ Karen Maezen Miller  Available  on Amazon .

A memoir through poems written over the course of fifteen years, tracing one woman’s fierce journey through marriage, motherhood, and coming out–when she risked everything she knew in order to claim what she had denied for so long: herself.

“A travelogue across love’s mysteries and longings. Sensual, romantic, insistent. Jena traces the epic battle in the heart’s final surrender to freedom.” ~ Karen Maezen Miller

Available on Amazon.

Blending poetry and prose, the personal and political, and the ordinary with a 30,000-foot view, this is the story of what happens over the course of a year, after life falls apart and reconfigures again. For anyone who has ever wished love could be easy.   “This collection reminds me to see, to stop, to flow, to go easy — and yet at the same time most of these pieces are so intensely personal that they add up to a self-portrait. Jena trusts us, her readers, to receive the gift of a life shared, these singular intimacies and passions of an ever-shifting, challenging, beautiful life. Somehow she really does manage to be intimate and universal at once.”  ~ Katrina Kenison      Available  on Amazon .

Blending poetry and prose, the personal and political, and the ordinary with a 30,000-foot view, this is the story of what happens over the course of a year, after life falls apart and reconfigures again. For anyone who has ever wished love could be easy.

“This collection reminds me to see, to stop, to flow, to go easy — and yet at the same time most of these pieces are so intensely personal that they add up to a self-portrait. Jena trusts us, her readers, to receive the gift of a life shared, these singular intimacies and passions of an ever-shifting, challenging, beautiful life. Somehow she really does manage to be intimate and universal at once.” ~ Katrina Kenison

Available on Amazon.

 

Anthologies, Journals & Magazines

 
On Being 40(ish)  , Poems:  Inheritance  and  The Tip of My Tongue , February 2019

On Being 40(ish), Poems: Inheritance and The Tip of My Tongue, February 2019

Omkari Williams  Podcast Episode 12 : Conversations on Race, Gender, and Social Justice

Omkari Williams Podcast Episode 12: Conversations on Race, Gender, and Social Justice

The Sunlight Press,   On Becoming Your Own Witness  , October 2017

The Sunlight Press, On Becoming Your Own Witness, October 2017

Sliver of Stone,   The Space Between Lives  , October 2017

Sliver of Stone, The Space Between Lives, October 2017

True: The Proximity Magazine Blog,   Harold and the Purple Prompt,  January 2017

True: The Proximity Magazine Blog, Harold and the Purple Prompt,January 2017

Mamalode,   What Are Moms Good For?   March 2016

Mamalode, What Are Moms Good For? March 2016

 
On Being,   The Spaces Between the Consonants  , January 2016

On Being, The Spaces Between the Consonants, January 2016

Full Grown People,   Beyond the Lonely Bench  , October 2015

Full Grown People, Beyond the Lonely Bench, October 2015

The Manifest-Station,     Free Associating about Fear & Faith (Or, What I’ve Forgotten)  , September 2015 (Winner of a full scholarship to Jennifer Pastiloff and Emily Rapp’s Stowe, VT Retreat)

The Manifest-Station, Free Associating about Fear & Faith (Or, What I’ve Forgotten), September 2015 (Winner of a full scholarship to Jennifer Pastiloff and Emily Rapp’s Stowe, VT Retreat)

Barnard College Alumnae Magazine,   The Intrigue of Just Passing Through  , August 2014

Barnard College Alumnae Magazine, The Intrigue of Just Passing Through, August 2014

Truck,   Gestation  , July 2014

Truck, Gestation, July 2014

Rebelle Society,   What Spirit Will Do  , June 2014

Rebelle Society, What Spirit Will Do, June 2014

 
G.R.I.T.S.: Girls Raised in the South, An Anthology on Southern Queer Womyns’ Voices and Their Allies,   Go Fuck Yourself; Half-Lounge; When it Happens; Alabama   ,  September, 2013

G.R.I.T.S.: Girls Raised in the South, An Anthology on Southern Queer Womyns’ Voices and Their Allies, Go Fuck Yourself; Half-Lounge; When it Happens; Alabama, September, 2013

Goodreads,   Throwdown  , May 2013 (Newsletter Contest Winner)

Goodreads, Throwdown, May 2013 (Newsletter Contest Winner)