My Writing News

Landscape with Headless Mama is here!

Dear Friends! My book is now available from Pleiades Press and Amazon. If you’d like a signed copy of LANDSCAPE WITH HEADLESS MAMA (17.95 + 2.50 shipping), you can order it directly from me and I’ll send the book to you! Thank you for your support! Just click on the following link to pay using […]

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LANDSCAPE WITH HEADLESS MAMA by Jennifer Givhan

Available from Pleiades Press. Also available from Amazon. Contact Jenn for a signed copy. Landscape with Headless Mama is a poetry collection by Jennifer Givhan that explores the experiences of becoming and being a mother through the lens of dark fairy tales. Givhan describes the book as “a surreal survival guide.” A poet with strong […]

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2015 *Best of the Net*

My poem “If the Jornada del Muerto had a Trachea” is included in this year’s Sundress Publication Best of the Net! I’m over the moon & beyond! Check out the stunning, gorgeous work my poem is alongside as well. All the poetry love, Jenn  

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The Change

My poem THE CHANGE, a finalist for the The Jane Lumley Prize, was published in H E R M E N E U T I C   C H A O S   J O U R N A L: “When I was still small I began growing antlers  as a stag grows antlers, as […]

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My One-Hundredth Journal Publication up at Origins!

I’ve been working like a madwoman sending out my poems into the world nearly as long as my son has been alive (I started submitting when he was one, so I mark my poetry career by his life, because truly, I’m not sure either would have been possible without the other–how the imaginary shaped reality, […]

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Ritual with Fish Water

She opened the door wider, allowed him in—dragging his fish, his strings of light, his wounds—from the rain. –Jenn Givhan Read the poem in full at The Baltimore Review

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Bird Woman and Bloom

Sacagawea emerges from the hedgehog cacti in the lot behind our crumpling house heavy with cradleboard & mistaken for a token of peace… from “Bird Woman”     The boys next door are ignoring my son. It’s playground politics, the fragile and shifting power dynamics of these early friendships… from “Bloom” Read both poems at […]

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If the Jornada del Muerto had a Trachea*

Won second-place in Blue Mesa Review’s Poetry Contest, judged by Carmen Jiménez Smith. Maybe her mama didn’t even notice she too had almost gone away, on the xeriscaping, not breathing nothing –Jenn Givhan Read and listen to the full poem here.

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“Miracle of the River Pig” up at *Goblin Fruit*

My poem “Miracle of the River Pig” is live today at Goblin Fruit, and you can listen to me read it there as well! It’s a grotesque and somewhat experimental poem for me recounting my experience in the Southern California desert near the New River. I began drafting the poem in Brenda Hammack‘s fairytale workshop […]

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Miscarriage

Jennifer Givhan Miscarriage In a field where a hot air balloon waits tethered, children balancing umbrellas and wearing party hats plant birthday bouquets; where they grow the swollen bulbs push open the soil smelling of clay and fingerpaint. Even the sky celebrates in reverse, hanging like pigtails from a jungle gym. Not many daffodils or […]

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