Jennifer Sperry Steinorth is a poet, educator, collaborative artist, & licensed builder/designer. She has never quite recovered from a torrid affair with dance. A private investigator has reported questionable encounters in the kitchen, at weddings, on whiskey nights, & the empty produce aisle. Her poetry has appeared in Alaska Quarterly, Beloit Poetry Journal, The Colorado Review, The Journal, jubilat, Michigan Quarterly Review, Mid-American Review, Poetry Northwest, Sixth Finch, Quarterly West & elsewhere. She remembers not so very long ago when she thought old people were rather boring & hopes you will be merciful. A chapbook, Forking The Swift, was published in 2010. Her full-length collection, “A Wake with Nine Shades” has been a finalist for the Hillary Gravendyk Prize, the Barrow Street Prize and Press 53 open read & is forthcoming from Texas Review Press late 2019. A hybrid text of visual poetry/erasure is forthcoming from TRP Spring of 2021. She is grateful to the Sewanee Writers Conference, The Vermont Studio Center, Warren Wilson College where she received her MFA in poetry, & The Bear River Writers Conference for grants, community & boosts of morale. Her mother taught her to sew. When clients ask her about her architectural training she tells them she has been classically trained to avoid pink tights. She is proud of the two humans she is helping to raise. She has taught creative writing, English, dance, visual arts, theatre arts, & sustainable building practices. She lives in northern Michigan & works at Northwestern Community College. Her husband is an incredible cook. She likes talking about herself in the third person.