About Jen Payne

jenpayne16Jen Payne is inspired by those life moments that move us most — love and loss, joy and disappointment, milestones and turning points. Her writing serves as witness to these in the form of poetry, creative non-fiction, flash fiction and essay. When she is not exploring our connections with one another, she enjoys writing about our relationships with nature, creativity, and mindfulness, and how these offer the clearest path to finding balance in our frenetic, spinning world.

Very often, her writing is accompanied by her own photography and artwork. As both a graphic designer and writer, Jen believes that partnering visuals and words layers the intentions of her work, and makes the communication more palpable.

In 2014, she published her first book, LOOK UP! Musings on the Nature of Mindfulness, a collection of essays, poems and original photography. Her second book, Evidence of Flossing: What We Leave Behind came out in 2017. Both books can be purchased here.

Jen is the owner is Words by Jen, a graphic design and creative services company founded in 1993, based in Branford, Connecticut. She is a member of the Arts Council of Greater New Haven, the Branford Arts and Cultural Alliance, the Connecticut Poetry Society, Guilford Arts Center, and the Guilford Poets Guild.

Installations of her poetry were featured in Shuffle & Shake, an exhibition at the Arts Council of Greater New Haven (2016), and Inauguration Nation at Kehler Liddel Gallery in New Haven (2017). Her poems have been selected for the 2018 World Enough Writers Coffee Poems Anthology, and Chapter & Verse: Return, a curated poetry event in April 2018. She has been published by The Aurorean, Six Sentences, the Story Circle Network, WOW! Women on Writing, and The Perch, a publication by the Yale Program for Recovery & Community Health.

Profile photo by Branford artist Christine Chiocchio, www.christinechiocchio.com.

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The Early Years


23 Responses

  1. T J Buckley Googins

    jen – i have to say… i LOVE it! and i have to ask… is that really YOU in the video? i’m sure it must be – the blog looks clean, pretty, inviting and is just what i needed to read this morning

    i hope i signed up correctly – i will also bookmark it just in case – and i have to find out about RSS

    congratulations, friend, on a wonderful beginning of this new adventure! T J

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