Jennifer Boyden is the author of
The Declarable Future (University of Wisconsin Press, 2013)
Winner of The Four Lakes Prize in Poetry, 2013
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"I can’t remember a recent book so inhabited by a spirit of unease about where we find ourselves now. ‘Always in search of the voices,’ Jennifer Boyden writes, and I can feel her probing for a way to give shape, less to a catalog of our social and spiritual predicaments than the mood of our times... her poems don't describe so much as embody this disquiet. This is a wise book by a talented poet."
"From the crystal doorknob transmitters that open The Declarable Future to the last will of the lost man that closes it, I was utterly captivated by the power of Jennifer Boyden’s parallel world—a timely, disquieting parable for the broken one in which we live. Her lost man, like Z. Herbert’s Mr. Cogito, becomes an alter ego who inhabits and interprets our current predicament. Her colloquial language is lucid, metaphorically inventive, constantly surprising—a rare blend of the piquant and the quietly tragic."
The Mouths of Grazing Things (University of Wisconsin Press, 2010)
Winner of The Brittingham Prize in Poetry, 2010
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"Delightful, that such complexity of mind should be given to us in such lucid packages."
"If, as Eliot claimed, style is indeed an extension of personality, then these poems stand as unique characters, infused by varying Boydenesque qualities: a tender love for the physical world, the smart and / or impish and / or wry aside, the brave and direct declaration.... There is jest amid the quest—and the inquest—of the spirit. The tonal range from these Mouths astounds. This is an extraordinarily strong collection."
—Nance Van Winckel
Roots of Clouds, Transcendence of Stones (Donald H. Sheehan Gallery, 2006)
In collaboration with artist Ian Boyden and geologist Terry Toedtemeier
Additional awards include the PEN Northwest Wilderness Writing Residency Award, which allowed Boyden to live and write for nearly a year in a remote cabin in southern Oregon, and a Washington Artists’ Trust grant for a suite of essays about walking, how environment shapes movement and idea, and observations about how personal and public identities are affected by corporate influence and the removal of nature. She is currently the writing resident at Grass Mountain on the central coast in Oregon.
Her poetry, essays and interviews appear, or are forthcoming, in Orion, The Adirondack Review, American Poetry Journal, The Beloit Poetry Review, basalt, and Ploughshares in addition to other magazines and anthologies.
An MFA graduate of Eastern Washington University, whose writing program recognized her as Alumni of the Year in 2011, Jennifer has taught at Soochow University in China, Whitman College, The Sitka Center for Arts and Ecology, Walla Walla Community College, and at a variety of workshops. Recently awarded a year-long writing residency at the new writing and visual arts program Grass Mountain, Jennifer will transition from writing resident to co-director of this emerging program, which is dedicated to writing, art, and cross disciplinary collaborations that address issues of environmental urgency.
She lives in Oregon with her husband, artist Ian Boyden, their daughter, and a flock of chickens.