Pushcart Prize-nominated poet, Ohio native Jennifer Hambrick won First Place in the Fall 2020 Sheila-Na-Gig Press Poetry Competition and First Place in the 2018 Haibun Award Competition of the Haiku Society of America; has been selected by former U.S. Poet Laureate Ted Kooser to be featured in his newspaper and online column, American Life in Poetry; was appointed the inaugural Artist-in-Residence at historic Bryn Du Mansion, Granville, OH; authored the poetry collection Unscathed (NightBallet Press).
Hundreds of Jennifer’s poems appear in The American Journal of Poetry, Chiron Review, the Santa Clara Review, The Main Street Rag, POEM, The San Pedro River Review, Maryland Literary Review, Third Wednesday, Mad River Review, Modern Haiku, The Haibun Journal, Frogpond, the major Japanese newspapers The Asahi Shimbun and The Mainichi, and many other literary journals and invited anthologies.
Jennifer is the recipient of many poetry commissions. On commission from the Johnstone Fund for New Music and the Sunday at Central concert series, Jennifer penned a new set of poems to accompany Antonio Vivaldi’s baroque masterpiece, The Four Seasons, and performed the poems in a September 2019 concert featuring the concertmasters of the Columbus Symphony Orchestra as soloists.
Jennifer’s poem “Circles Against the Spin” was set to music by composer and former Wexner Center Fellow Dr. Mark Lomax, and premiered by CODE New Music Ensemble as part of The Big SCORE, a poetry and music commissioning project of the Johnstone Fund for New Music. On commission from the VIVO Music Festival, Jennifer penned the poem “on a cold sea we travel” in response to Arnold Schoenberg’s pivotal chamber music work Transfigured Night, and updating the poem by German poet Richard Dehmel that originally inspired Schoenberg’s composition. Composer Jacob Reed’s orchestral song setting of Jennifer’s poem “Thorn Tree” was premiered by the McConnell Arts Center Chamber Orchestra as part of “The Poet’s Song,” a poetry commissioning project supported by the McConnell Arts Center, the Worthington Education Foundation, and the Johnstone Fund for New Music. Jennifer has received numerous awards for her poetry, including from Tokyo’s NHK World TV, the Haiku Society of America, the Ohio Poetry Association, and others.
Joining her work as a writer of free verse poetry, Japanese short-form poetry, and non-fiction prose, Jennifer Hambrick joyfully shares the beauty of poetry with writers of all ages in learning experiences that honor every writer’s unique voice and empower individual expression.
Grade Levels/Age Groups
- Grades 1-3
- Grades 4-5
- Grades 6-8
- Grades 9-12
- Young Adult
Facilities and Resources Required
- Electrical Outlets
- The in-person versions of some of my classes, workshops, and residencies require a dry erase board or video projection equipment for PowerPoint viewing. The online versions of my classes/workshops/residencies require participants to have access to a video conferencing application (Zoom, Skype, GoToMeeting, etc.).