Jenne' R. Andrews is an American poet. Her career began in 1969 with the mentorship of Robert Bly, former Colorado Poet Laureate Mary Crow, and the Canadian poet Tom Wayman. Her first published poem appeared in The Colorado Review in 1971. Her first collection was published in 1974 by Robert Bly, that same windfall year, she received a literary fellowship from the National Endowment of the Arts and she was appointed full-time Poet in Residence of the St. Paul Schools for four consecutive years before ever completing her Bachelor's Degree. She holds B.A., M.A. and M.F.A. degrees from Colorado State University.

As Andrews was born in New Mexico to a mother of pioneer/Victorian heritage and is a longtime resident of the Poudre River Valley in northern Colorado, the American West figures strongly in Andrews' oeuvre and gives rise to her most lyrical work. Her first collection of poetry in thirty years, Blackbirds Dance in the Empire of Love, appeared in November 2013, from Finishing Line Press. She was a finalist for the Autumn House 2014 Poetry Prize--one of the most prestigious publication prizes in the country among an imposing field of twenty candidates for the prize out of a total of 500 submissions with her collection And Now, the Road.

Her expanded chapbook Blackbirds Dance is available signed from the poet or from Finishing Line; follow the links for an order form. Order the Collection here. Contact Andrews as follows: Facebook as Jenne R Andrews and Twitter @jenandrewspoet. e-mail: jenneandrews2010@gmail.com .

About Oil and Water....

In 2010 two caring editors/publishers put out a call for manuscripts for an anthology to benefit residents of the Gulf Coast in the wake of the BP oil spill.

The anthology, Oil andWater and Other Things That Don't Mix, LL Publications, Scotland,   is available on Amazon for purchase and/or for download to your reading device. Proceeds go to two Gulf area charities.  Thank you Zetta and Nicky for including my piece, and thank you Patricia McGoldrick for making a bookmark from "A Bowl of Red"--