Poet for Hire

 

Jena Kirkpatrick

Poet for Hire

Poetry Instructor

Performance Poet



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Poet for Hire

A poem is a personal gift you can’t buy at a store.

"What Jena does is turn facts into feelings," says Howell. She's perceptive, like a big antenna. And to do that on the fly within an hour is special."


Poetry Instructor

As an instructor with Badgerdog Literary Publishing Jena works in schools teaching creative writing to be submitted for publication in the anthology Rise. She is also a creative writing instructor for The Boys and Girls Clubs of Central Texas, editor and publisher of the poetry anthology Writing for Positive Change.


Performance Poet

Over the last two decades, Jena has self-published seven books; co-written, directed and produced three multi-media performance art pieces; and competed in two National Poetry Slam competitions. Regie Gibson, Timothy Mason and Jena are the Trio of Poets who recently opened for music icon Leon Russell. In January 2011, Jena released her first poetry and music compilation CD, Dangerous Snakes, featuring 20 years of poems accompanied by a variety of Austin’s most talented jazz, singer/songwriter and pop musicians.



“Meet the full-of-life wordsmith and lover-of-people Jena Kirkpatrick. The poet who writes beautifully assembled poetry within minutes. Poetry dominates her being. Her teaching is fundamental: Write. It is the essence of communication, but do it with feeling.”

Ricardo Gándara

Austin American Statesman