The Essex County Artist Fund is Essex County Community Foundation’s response to the immediate and everyday needs of artists to be supported and lifted up across the county and across sectors. At ECCF, our philosophy is to build a creative ecosystem focused on awareness and appreciation for arts and culture, capacity building, collaboration, and cultural planning. Individual artists and arts/culture organizations are key to this network. www.eccf.org/creative-county.
Artist Name: Jennifer Jean – Peabody
Learn more: jenniferjeanwriter.weebly.com
Creative Practice: I’m a poet, educator, editor, activist, and consummate “literary citizen.” My debut poetry collection is The Fool (Big Table); my poetry chapbooks include: The Archivist and In the War. My newest manuscripts, titled The Safe House and Object Lesson, are about sex-trafficking and objectification in America. My honors include: a 2020 Peter Taylor Fellowship from the Kenyon Review Writers Workshop; a 2018 Disquiet FLAD Fellowship; a 2017 Her Story Is residency, where I worked with Iraqi women artists in Dubai; and, a 2013 Ambassador for Peace Award for my activism in the arts. My poetry, prose, and co-translations have appeared in over seventy journals, including–most recently: Poetry Magazine, Waxwing Journal, Rattle Magazine, Crab Creek Review, DMQ Review, Southampton Review, The Common, and more. I’m currently the Translations Editor at Talking Writing Magazine and a part-time teacher of art writing and ekphrastic poetry at Mass College of Art.
Artist Statement: I’m the founder of Free2write Poetry Workshops for Trauma Survivors (with an emphasis on sex-trafficking survivors). As well, my book length manuscript The Safe House, and my chapbook length manuscript Object Lesson, are based on research and interviews I conducted with sex-trafficking survivors while I was teaching poetry at a Massachusetts safe house.
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