Jennifer Perrine


Jennifer Perrine is an acclaimed writer and educator living in Portland, Oregon. She has written four books of poetry: Again (2020); No Confession, No Mass (2015); In the Human Zoo (2011); and The Body Is No Machine (2007). Her poems have been described as “muscular,” “hard-working,” “grimly witty,” “scientific,” “sensuous,” “mythic,” and “full of surprises.” She has not yet decided how many of those terms also accurately describe herself. 

Perrine has received accolades including the Publishing Triangle Audre Lorde Award, the Bisexual Book Award for Poetry, and the Oregon Poetry Community Fellowship. She taught at Drake University for ten years as a professor and has led community writing classes for military veterans and their families, people who are incarcerated, LGBTQIA+ affinity groups, and general audiences.

To support the work of other writers, Perrine co-hosts the Incite Queer Writers reading series and serves as an editor at Airlie Press, publishing and promoting poetry by Pacific Northwest writers. She founded JP Coaching in 2020 and now works as a Social and Racial Justice Educator.

Festival Years: 2014