Jennifer van Alstyne


Jennifer van Alstyne is a Peruvian-American poet and public relations strategist.

She founded The Academic Designer LLC to empower HigherEd people and organizations to share their work in meaningful ways.

Jennifer van Alstyne

Now she gets to chat with fun grad students and faculty all day.

Jennifer holds an M.F.A. from Naropa University in Writing & Poetics where she was the Jack Kerouac Fellow.

She has an M.A. from University of Louisiana at Lafayette in Literature and Cultural Studies.

She received her B.A. in English from Monmouth University.

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

Her book manuscript is Altars of Nonesuch.

Research & Commentary

Jennifer’s primary area of research is place, landscape, and representations of nature in poetry.


Jennifer lives in Louisiana with her fiancé, Matthew M. Pincus and their two cats, Bartlet and Ash.

She practices ikebana, the art of Japanese flower arranging when the cats don’t try to eat the flowers.

She loves working from home.

Check out my blog about online identity in the academy.