Jennifer van Alstyne

Jennifer van Alstyne, 2018

Jennifer, 2018


Jennifer van Alstyne is a Peruvian-American poet and public relations consultant specializing in higher education. She began The Academic Designer in 2018 to help researchers, writers, and academics control their online presence, and share their amazing work with the world.

She holds a B.A. from Monmouth University in English, an M.F.A. from the Jack Kerouac School at Naropa University in Writing & Poetics, and an M.A. from University of Louisiana at Lafayette in Literature and Cultural Studies where she was a finalist for the Outstanding Master’s Graduate Award.


Recent poetry been published in journals including The Citron ReviewCOG, Crack the Spine, ELKEThe Foundling Review, Paper NautilusStonecoast ReviewSweet Tree Review.

Her book manuscript is Altars of Nonesuch.

Research and Commentary

Jennifer’s 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.

Find Jennifer’s reviews of contemporary poetry collections in Colorado Review and Rain Taxi. 

Read her peer-reviewed articles Appositions and Midwest Quarterly.


Jennifer lives in Louisiana with Matthew M. Pincus and their two cats, Bartlet and Ash. She enjoys her practices ikebana, the art of Japanese flower arranging.