Jennifer van Alstyne


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

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

Jennifer van Alstyne

Jennifer received her MFA from Naropa University in Writing and Poetics where she was the Jack Kerouac Fellow.

She has an MA from University of Louisiana at Lafayette in Literature and Cultural Studies where she was a fellow.

She received her BA in English from Monmouth University.


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.

Jennifer was poetry editor of Bombay Gin. She loved working with poets and writers as a faculty liaison during the Summer Writing Program.

Research & Commentary

Jennifer writes about social media and communications at The Social Academic.

She also loves television.

Her 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, The Social Academic about online identity in the HigherEd world.