Jennifer van Alstyne, 2018

Jennifer van Alstyne, 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, an M.F.A. from Naropa University where she was the Jack Kerouac Fellow, and will complete her M.A. from University of Louisiana this Spring where she is 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, 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.

She teaches classes on literature and composition and is finishing up her position on a three-person team for professional writing, social media, and recruitment for the UL English department.