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Jennifer Minniti- Shippey is the Director of Development at the Contemporary Irish Arts Center Los Angeles and Director of the Coyote Creek Writer’s Residency.

She earned her B.A. with honors in English from Randolph-Macon Woman’s College in 2003, and her M.F.A in Creative Writing- Poetry from San Diego State University in 2008. In 2009, she was hired as the Managing Editor of Poetry International literary journal, and she taught at SDSU in the Department of English & Comparative Literature through 2019. Jennifer has also taught poetry at the University of San Diego and in community writing workshops through the Creative Cusp, the Magee Park Poets, and other San Diego arts organizations. In 2013, Jenny co-founded Poetic Youth, which provides free writing and arts workshops for San Diego communities; she served as Director of Poetic Youth until 2019.

Jennifer’s chapbook, Done Dating DJs, won the 2008 Fool for Poetry Competition, sponsored by the Munster Literature Centre and Southword Editions of Cork, Ireland. Her second chapbook, Earth’s Horses & Boys, was published by Finishing Line Press in 2013. After the Tour, her first full-length collection, was published by Calypso Editions in 2018, and was a San Diego Book Award Finalist that year. Individual poems, translations, and reviews have appeared in Salamander, Cider Press Review, Spillway, Tar River Poetry, Jackson Hole Review, San Diego Poetry Annual, The San Diego Union-Tribune, and many others.

Minniti- Shippey has performed her work at national and international venues, including The Narrators San Diego, the San Diego Art Institute, the Éigse Literary Festival in Cork, and MART Dublin.

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