Jennifer R. Edwards


Concord, NH
New Hampshire US

Author's Bio

Jennifer R. Edwards' debut poetry collection, Unsymmetrical Body (Finishing Line Press, July 2022) was a 2023 Eric Hoffer Award Honorable Mention and Boston Authors Club Julia Ward Howe Award Finalist. Her poetry won (2022, selected by Moira Linehan) and was honorably mentioned (2020, selected by Dzvinia Orlowsky) for the New England Poetry Club Amy Lowell Prize, and was longlisted for the 2022 Briefly Write Poetry Prize. Her poems have been nominated for the Pushcart Prize and Best of the Net.

Her poetry appears or is forthcoming in RHINO, Emerge Literary Journal, Mom Egg Review, One Art, Gyroscope Review,  Passenger's Journal, Tiny Spoon, Terrain, Remington Review, The Racket, Literary Mama, Snapdragon: Journal of Art & Healing, Portrait of New England, The Ekphrastic Review, Headline Poetry and Press, Lucky Jefferson, FreezeRay Poetry, The Poets' Touchstone,, and anthologies such as COVID Spring: Granite State Pandemic Poems (Hobblebush Books, 2020) and Smokey Quartz 10th Anniversary Anthology (October 2022). She was a 2021 Palm Beach Poetry Festival Thomas Lux Fellow and received support from Colgate Writers Conference (2022) and Vermont Postgraduate Writers' Conference.  She reads for Button Poetry.

She's a preschool speech-language pathologist living in Concord NH with her husband and children. Jennifer Edwards (maiden name Jennett) is originally from Barre, Vermont, and attended the University of Vermont for BAs in English and History and a Master of Science in Communication Sciences. She's passionate about literacy, neurodiversity acceptance, supporting individuals/families with learning disabilities and communication disorders, and advocating for social-emotional and regulation supports. Twitter @Jennife00420145


Publications & Prizes

Smoky Quartz Tenth Anniversary Anthology (Monadnock Group Publications, 2022)
COVID Spring: Granite State Pandemic Poems (Hobblebush Books, 2020)
Unsymmetrical Body: Poems (Finishing Line Press, 2022)
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Emerge Literary Journal
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Headline Poetry & Press
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One Art
Passengers Journal
Portrait of New England
Remington Review
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The Poet's Touchstone
Tiny Spoon
Prizes won: 
  • Best of the Net 2024 Nomination, Emerge Literary Journal, for "Odd, Beautiful Things."
  • 2023 Eric Hoffer Award Honorable Mention; First Horizon Award Finalist; Grand Prize Short List for Unsymmetrical Body.
  • 2023 Boston Authors Club Julia Ward Howe Award Finalist, Unsymmetrical Body. 
  • 2022 New England Poetry Club Amy Lowell Prize- selected by Moira Linehan, "This Poem Can't Poem Today"
  • Longlist for Briefly Write Poetry Prize 2022
  • 2021 Poetry Super Highway Contest, 6th Place for the poem "Mom was Always Reaching" (reading online)
  • 2020 New England Poetry Club Amy Lowell Prize Honorable Mention, selected by Dzvinia Orlowsky. “I’m Trying”      Winners reading at
  • PUSHCART PRIZE XLIV Nomination (XLIV) by the NH Poetry Society: Poem“I Don’t Know What to Do With This” published in The Poets’ Touchstone Vol 61. No. 1 (2018)  https://psnhtouchstone.files.wordpress.c...
  • NH Poetry Society Member Contest (Feb 2017) Honorable mention, Judge Mary Lewis Sheehan, announced in The Poets’ Touchstone Vol 60, No. 2 (Winter 2017/Spring 2018)
  • Conferences/support
  • VCFA Postgraduate Writers' Conference (2023) w/Patricia Smith
  • Colgate Writers Conference scholarship (2022) w/Jules Gibbs
  • Palm Beach Poetry Festival, Thomas Lux Poetry Fellowship (2021) w/Kevin Prufer
  • Frost Place Poetry Conference (2020) w/Rajiv Mohabir

Memberships: New Hampshire Poetry Club, New England Poetry Club

Curating/reading/editing for: Button Poetry, Mud Season Review Poetry reader (previously), The Poets' Touchstone (previously)


Personal Favorites

Favorite authors: 
Ada Limon, Mary Oliver, Robert Frost, Galway Kinnell, Marie Howe, Chen Chen

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Last update: Apr 01, 2024