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Jenne' Andrews is an American poet. She has three published chapbooks including the recent Blackbirds Dance in the Empire of Love, Finishing Line Press 2013.

A full-length collection, Reunion, Lynx House Press, was published in 1983; after a long hiatus to raise Golden Retrievers in Colorado, recent work has appeared in The Passionate Transitory, Belletrist Coterie, The Adirondack Review and Vox Populi, a journal of culture, politics and poetry published and edited by the august Michael Simms.

A bilingual collection of "Italiana," Bocca, Voce, Delirio, with translations by Lorenzo Luciani, will be released by Finishing Line at the end of 2016 and her latest collection, And Now, the Road, a finalist for the Autumn House prize in 2014, will be released by Salmon Poetry Ltd, Ireland, a highly regarded international house, Jessie Lendennie, Publisher, circa 2017.

Andrews holds the MFA in Creative Writing/Poetry from Colorado State University, is a literary fellow of the National Endowment for the Arts, and was full-time Poet in Residence for the St. Paul Schools from '74-78. She lived in St. Paul from 1971-78 during the first wave of the Twin Cities literary renaissance, and spent the summer of 1973 in Reggio Calabria, Italy.

The poet lives in northern Colorado's Poudre River Valley with her husband, fiction writer Jack Brooks; the couple has recently imported two British Golden Retrievers and expects a litter in June-- see the Ardorgold website for details. Contact: jenneandrews2010@gmail.com .

About Nightfall in Verona

In 1973, as an impulsive young poet staked to a trip to Europe by a friend, I took a train alone down the coast of Italy for the adventure of a lifetime-- ten weeks with a handsome southern Italian man I met on a piazza in Verona.  Our precipitous relationship brought me joy, broke my heart, and put me face to face with my deep-seated fear of commitment.

This odyssey has aged in my memory like a vintage Valpolicella and resurfaced  as an extraordinary experience that blurs the lines between life and art—bel canto opera. I’ve now brought it back to life in a debut memoir,  Nightfall in Verona.  My beta readers, certain that this book would appeal to the many fans of Under the Tuscan Sun, Letters to Juliet, and Eat, Pray, Love,   have called the manuscript “glittering” and “fabulous”. 


This was but one of the query letters I sent out to agents in my search for a publisher.  But I am an impatient person.  At the end of the day, I like to have control over my own work and how it is presented to the literate public.  So I designed a blog and posted the memoir in full.  


Do enjoy the read!