Jennifer Givhan is a poet, novelist, and transformational coach from the Southwestern desert and the recipient of poetry fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts and PEN/Rosenthal Emerging Voices. She holds a Master’s degree from California State University Fullerton and a Master’s in Fine Arts from Warren Wilson College. She is the author of four full-length poetry collections, most recently Rosa’s Einstein (University of Arizona Press), and the novels Trinity Sight and Jubilee (Blackstone Publishing), all of which were finalists for the Arizona-New Mexico Book Awards. Her newest poetry collection Belly to the Brutal (Wesleyan University Press) and novel River Woman River Demon (Blackstone Publishing) are forthcoming this fall. Her poetry, fiction, and creative nonfiction have appeared in The New Republic, The Nation, POETRY, TriQuarterly, The Boston Review, The Rumpus, Salon, and many others. She’s received the Southwest Book Award, New Ohio Review’s Poetry Prize, Phoebe Journal’s Greg Grummer Poetry Prize, the Pinch Journal Poetry Prize, and Cutthroat’s Joy Harjo Poetry Prize. Jenn would love to hear from you at and you can follow her on Instagram, Facebook, and Twitter for inspiration, writing prompts, and transformational advice.

Cattle Call Leaves

My short story (an excerpt from my novel)  “Cattle Call Leaves: A Ghost Story” has been published by Contrary Magazine. My chest matched the stomping from the arena. How easy it would’ve been to give in. To walk away. How easy it would’ve been to let go. But the sticky yellow girl caught the rutted […]


Newborn Fragments

      I want neither the sweetness of honey, nor the sting of bees —Sappho   1 will not sleep through the night, not even close —exhausted. never sleep again. i am almost afraid (sleep) dozing off            and i wake. –sick stomach, i am (ripped) out of my dreams. crying help. can’t speak help— sleep! […]