Jennifer KidneySeptember 9, 2018, brings Jennifer Kidney to Second Sunday Poetry at The Depot, 200 S. Jones Ave.  The reading, which begins at 2:00 pm, is free.  All are welcome.

Jennifer Kidney is an adjunct assistant professor for the College of Professional and Continuing Studies at the University of Oklahoma and 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, Conclave, 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.  She is currently looking for a publisher for her latest book, Birdwatching in Oklahoma.

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.

She says of her poetry that she adheres to Emily Dickinson's advice to “Tell all the Truth but tell it slant.”  Many of her poems are about birds and, as she says, they are “ornithologically correct.” She is the secretary of the Cleveland County Audubon Society, for which she hosts an annual Bird Poetry Reading, and she serves on the Norman Animal Welfare Center Oversight Committee.  She has won awards for her poetry, technical writing, teaching, and brownie baking.  She lives in Norman with her dog Barry White and her cats, Marvin Gaye and Priscilla Presley.

Second Sunday Readings, a long time program of The Depot, are hosted by former Oklahoma Poet Laureate and Oklahoma Book Award winner Carl Sennhenn. All programs at The Depot are made possible, in part, by grants from the Norman Arts Council and the Oklahoma Arts Council, and by generous individual donors.