Jennifer KidneyLong-time Norman resident, Jennifer Kidney will be reading her work at the Depot at 2 p.m. on Sunday, March 8, 2020. (Don't forget to set your clocks ahead!) The reading is free and open to the public.

The author of six books of poetry, Kidney’s work has been published in numerous scholarly journals and literary magazines, including Sugar Mule, Crosstimbers, Picking Up the Tempo, Kudzu, The Seattle Review, Malpais Review, The Bellingham Review, Dragon Poet Review, Conclave, and Oklahoma Humanities, as well as in several anthologies, including Lamar University Literary Press's Great American Wise Ass Poetry Anthology and Unlocking the Word: An Anthology of Found Poetry. She has done poetry readings all across Oklahoma as well as in Texas, Wyoming, Ohio, Michigan, New Orleans, and at the Spoleto Festival in Charleston, South Carolina, in 2005.

Kidney has lived in Norman since 1986, when she moved here to take the position of executive director of the Norman Arts and Humanities Council. Finding her true home in Norman, she has served on the boards of many local arts organizations, and for twenty-two years, she was the director of “Let's Talk About It, Oklahoma,” a statewide reading and discussion program for libraries. In addition to her non-academic jobs, she has more than thirty years of teaching experience on the university level. She is currently an adjunct assistant professor for the College of Professional and Continuing Studies at the University of Oklahoma. Over the years, she has won awards for her poetry, technical writing, teaching, and brownie baking.

Her work encompasses a wide variety of forms and subject matter. She particularly likes writing about her family and other quirky characters she has encountered and considers eavesdropping an essential skill for a poet. Many of her poems are about birds and, as she says, they are “ornithologically correct.” She is an active member of the Cleveland County Audubon Society, for which she hosts an annual Bird Poetry Reading. For eight years, she served on the Norman Animal Welfare Center Oversight Committee and continues to be an advocate for dogs and cats, including her own. She shares her home in Norman with her dog Barry White and her cats, Marvin Gaye and Priscilla Presley.

The Depot is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization with a mission to create, curate, and present quality arts programs to connect and enrich our community.

All programs at The Depot are made possible, in part, by grants from Norman Arts Council and Oklahoma Arts Council, and by Norman Parks and Recreation Department.