Jennifer van Alstyne, 2018

Jennifer van Alstyne, 2018


Jennifer van Alstyne is a Peruvian-American poet and scholar. Recent poetry been published in journals including The Citron ReviewCOG, Crack the Spine, ELKEThe Foundling Review, Paper NautilusStonecoast ReviewSweet Tree Review.

She holds a B.A. from Monmouth University and an M.F.A. from Naropa University where she was the Jack Kerouac Fellow.

She is a graduate teaching assistant in Literature and Cultural Studies at University of Louisiana at Lafayette. Her primary area of research is place, landscape, and representations of nature in medieval literature with a particular interest in Arthurian Romance. Secondary research interests include modern poetry and television studies.

She reviews books of contemporary poetry for Colorado Review and Rain Taxi, and her peer-reviewed articles can be found in Appositions and Midwest Quarterly.

She lives in Louisiana with Matthew M. Pincus and their two cats, Bartlet and Ash and practices the art of ikebana. She teaches classes on literature and composition and is part of a three-person team for professional writing, social media, and recruitment for the department.

Read this brief Wordsmith Interview in Crack the Spine from when Jennifer was featured with her poem “The Ear.”