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 by Robert Bly, 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 the poet was born in New Mexico to a mother of Victorian pioneer 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 is 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.

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 Jen

In order to grasp what his life is like,
to see it and cherish it, you would need a song,
a song only a god could bear to hear.

Sonnets to Orpheus,  Rilke

Even though the poet Jenne’ R. Andrews is easily distracted and has interspersed a literary career with raising Golden Retrievers and goats in Colorado and Minnesota, drinking gallons of red wine, adventuring with renegades and misfits and sustaining numerous falls from Arabian mares, the most recent of which has put her in a wheelchair and a walker for the duration, her poetry has appeared in  Ms.,  The American Poetry Review, The Ontario Review, The Colorado Review, The Seneca Review, The Bloomsbury Review, New Mexico Humanities Review, the infamous long gone The Little Magazine and  The Lamp in the Spine, regional Colorado and Minnesota magazines, and several online publications including Poets for Living Waters.

Resumption of her literary career after twenty odd years of raising dogs and horses has not been terribly productive yet, but her two-pronged strategy of building readership with this blog as well as sending work to journals has born a bit of fruit: a poem appears in the fall issue of The Adirondack Review, and work is forthcoming in The Belletrist Coterie. An essay, A Bowl of Red, is included in Oil and Water and Other Things That Don't Mix, LL Publications 2010, an anthology benefiting victims of the BP Oil Spill.  A four-part interview by Maureen Doallas of Jenne' Andrews appears in the July 2010 archives of Writing Without Paper.

In 2010 she wrote and published to its very own blog, mastering Blogger's complicated template tweaker,  Nightfall in Verona: A Lyrical Memoir—an account of a consummate Italian adventure in 1973, praised by beta reviewer and old friend Caroline Marshall, editor of the NPR anthologies Listening to Ourselves, as “fabulous.” It was in fact, Ms. Marshall who with her sister Julia, squired Andrews to Europe in the first place, for the proverbial adventure of a lifetime.

Not incidentally, her collections include the chapbook In Pursuit of the Family, Minnesota Writers’ Publishing House, Robert Bly and Patricia Hampl, Editors, 1974, Reunion, Lynx House Press, Christopher Howell, Editor, 1987, and the chapbook The Dark Animal of Liberty, Leaping Mountain Press, John Bradley & James Grabill, Editors, 1990.  Her work has also been included in a number of regional anthologies.

Andrews is the recipient of an NEA Fellowship in Literature, the Minnesota Arts Board Award, was short-listed for the Bush Foundation award (now the Jerome Foundation) and a number of academic scholarships and teaching assistantships; she earned advanced degrees (M.A., M.F.A.)  in creative writing at Colorado State University, and from 1974-78, was fulltime Poet in Residence for the St. Paul Schools. She has taught writing extensively in the academy and served as poetry editor for the Colorado Review.

She lives in Colorado  not far from her companion of twenty-one years, the Texas novelist  and teacher Jack Douglas MacArthur Brooks, consorting with Brooks most evenings and playing with their two Golden Retrievers, two Jack Russell terriers and a fluctuating number of yellow tiger cats.