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Jennifer Chapis is a professional writer, editor, and teacher of writing.  Author of the chapbook, The Beekeeper's Departure (Backwards City Press 2007) and a limited-edition broadside, Poem as Tossed Salad (Center for Book Arts 2002), Jennifer is widely published in literary magazines and anthologies such as The Iowa Review, Colorado Review, McSweeney's, Best New Poets anthology series, Online Writing: Best of the First Ten Years, and others. 

Jennifer gives regular public readings across the U.S.  Her writing is best known for opening hearts and minds and helping people connect to the unlimited love and peace within each of us.  Her work was recently recognized with the Florida Review Editor's Prize, GSU Review Poetry Prize, and a Pushcart nomination, and finalist for prizes including the Benjamin Saltman Award, the Brittingham and Pollak Prizes, the Dorset Prize, the Iowa Award, and the Lynda Hull Memorial Poetry Prize.  Her work is currently being showcased for a full year in Princeton as part of a $100,000 project hosted by the world's largest flavor and perfume manufacturer.

She has enjoyed teaching writing at Arizona State University, New York University, in the NYU Summer Abroad program in London, and as a guest lecturer of creative writing at the Königin-Olga-Stift School in Stuttgart, Germany.  She has served as editor of the magazines Washington Square and Hayden's Ferry Review, and as founding editor of the New York publishing company Nightboat Books.  

Jennifer studied screenwriting at the School of Visual Arts in NYC and earned her MFA in creative writing from New York University.  She is currently at work on a screenplay (an illuminating and heart-expanding journey into counterculture mayhem) with Susan Brennan, co-writer of "Vegas," a feature-length film nominated for best director at the 2008 Venice Film Festival.

Jennifer offers group workshops and private tutorials in the following areas:


  • Writing & Reading Poetry: Introduction.
  • Writing & Reading Poetry: Going Deeper.
  • Poetry Workshop: Intermediate-level.
  • Poetry Workshop: Advanced.

Self Development:

  • Opening the Heart: Poetry & Meditation.
  • Loving your Art, Loving Yourself.
  • Connection & Manifestation: Connecting to the Self & Others.
  • Writing the Authentic Self: Exploring Your Passions.

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