Poet Jennifer Kidney will read from her work on Sunday, March 12, 2017, at The Depot, 200 S. Jones. The free reading begins at 2:00 pm. Light refreshments are served. All are welcome.
Jennifer Kidney is the author of six books of poetry; her most recent collection, Road Work Ahead, was published by Village Books Press in 2012. Her poetry has appeared in numerous journals and little magazines, including Sugar Mule, Crosstimbers, Picking Up the Tempo, Kudzu, The Seattle Review, Malpais Review, The Bellingham Review, Dragon Poet Review, as well as in several anthologies, including Lamar University Literary Press's Great American Wise Ass Poetry Anthology.
Kidney has done poetry readings all across Oklahoma as well as in Texas, Wyoming, Ohio, Michigan, and at the Spoleto Festival in Charleston, South Carolina. She has been nominated for Oklahoma Poet Laureate three times—by the Oklahoma Library Association in 2006 and by the Jim Lucas-Checotah Public Library in 2008, when she was one of three finalists for the distinction, and again in 2016 by the Jim Lucas-Checotah Public Library.
Jennifer Kidney is an adjunct assistant professor for the College of Liberal Studies at the University of Oklahoma. She has a B.A. with Highest Honors in English from Oberlin College and an M.Phil. and Ph.D. in English Language and Literature from Yale University. She has more than twenty years of university-level teaching experience and has also worked as a poet-in-the-schools, a technical writer, and an arts administrator.
For twenty-two years she was the director of “Let's Talk About It, Oklahoma,” a statewide reading and discussion project for which she developed several themes, provided preplanning and discussion training, and won a Special Project Award from the Oklahoma Library Association in 2007. For four years, she also oversaw the Oklahoma Poet Laureate program, the Lincoln Essay Contest, and Poetry Out Loud under the auspices of the Oklahoma Humanities Council.
Jennifer has won awards for her poetry, technical writing, teaching, and brownie baking. She lives in Norman with her dog Lizzie and her cats, Marvin Gaye and Priscilla Presley.
Second Sunday Poetry Readings are made possible, in part, by grants from the Norman Arts Council and the Oklahoma Arts Council. Carl Sennhenn, former Oklahoma Poet Laureate and two-time Oklahoma Book Award Winner in Poetry, hosts the long standing series. For further information about this and other events at The Depot, phone 405-307-9320.