Monday, June 5, 2023
“Meet the full-of-life wordsmith and lover-of-people Jena Kirkpatrick. The poet who writes beautifully assembled poetry within minutes. Poetry dominates her being. Her teaching is fundamental: Write. It is the essence of communication, but do it with feeling.” Ricardo Gándara - Austin American Statesman
Over the last three decades, Jena has self-published eight books; co-written, directed and produced three multimedia performance art pieces; and competed in two National Poetry Slam competitions. She is a member of the Trio of Poets with Regie Gibson and Timothy Mason. She leads multiple workshops for Badgerdog Literary Publishing, a writers-in-the-schools nonprofit based in Austin, Texas. She is the editor of Writing for Positive Change, an anthology featuring members of the Boys & Girls Clubs of Central Texas.