Jennifer (Jenna) McGuiggan

Creative Nonfiction Writer

Southwestern Pennsylvania

Author's Bio

Jennifer (Jenna) McGuiggan co-authored Mister Rogers' Neighborhood: A Visual History (Clarkson Potter, 2019). Her work has appeared in The Orison Anthology, The Rappahannock Review, New World Writing, online for Prairie Schooner and Brevity, and elsewhere. She is a Best of the Net nominee and a finalist in contests from Hunger Mountain, Prime Number Magazine, and The Orison Anthology. She recevied her MFA from Vermont College of Fine Arts and teaches for the Creative Nonfiction Foundation. Jenna is writing a book of essays that explore longing and belonging, from where we live to what we believe. Visit her online at

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Publications & Prizes

Mister Rogers' Neighborhood: A Visual History (Clarkson Potter, 2019)
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Connotation Press
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Numéro Cinq
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TAB: The Journal of Poetry & Poetics
The Collapsar
Prizes won: 

Finalist, The Orison Anthology 2017 Award in Nonfiction (judge: Scott Russell Sanders) 

Finalist, Hunger Mountain's 2016 Creative Nonfiction Prize (judge: Robert Michael Pyle)

Nominee, 2015 Best of the Net Anthology (published by Sundress Publications) 

Finalist, Prime Number Magazine's 2014 Creative Nonfiction Award (judge: Ned Stuckey-French)

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Adults, Men, Naturalists/Environmentalists, Teachers, Teenagers, Women
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Last update: Mar 17, 2020