Jenifer Browne Lawrence
Jenifer Browne Lawrence is the author of One Hundred Steps from Shore (Blue Begonia, 2006). Awards include the Orlando Poetry Prize, the James Hearst Poetry Prize, Potomac Review’s Poetry Award, and a Washington State Artist Trust GAP grant. Recent work appears or is forthcoming in Bellevue Literary Review, Los Angeles Review, Narrative, North American Review, Rattle, and elsewhere. She is co-editor of the Seattle-based literary journal, Crab Creek Review. Born in Oakland, California in 1958, Lawrence was raised in Alaska, and educated at Washington State University. She lives in Poulsbo, a small seaside community west of Seattle.
2015 Perugia Press Prize for Grayling. Read more…
February 28, 2015 | Celebrating Northwest Poets: Crab Creek Review’s 30th Anniversary Reading at AWP: 3 pm
Scott James Bookfair Stage, Washington State Convention Center, Level 4 Friday, February 28, 2014, 3:00 pm to 4:15 pm
Five outstanding Northwest poets, featured in the special 30th anniversary issue of Crab Creek Review, read their work. Crab Creek Review is one of Seattle’s most prominent print journals, publishing both local and national writers. Started in 1984 by Linda Clifton, Crab Creek Review has published William Stafford, Madeline DeFrees, Rebecca Wells, and David Wagoner, among other notable Northwest writers and poets. Get a taste of Seattle poetry and discover why so many writers call this area home.
April 25, 2015 | Theodore Roethke Tribute: 5 pm
Roethke poetry in the guest house at the Bloedel Reserve, Bainbridge Island, WA
With Linda Bierds, Mike Dillon, Jenifer Browne Lawrence, David Stallings & John Willson
May 2, 2015 | Poulsbohemian Coffeehouse Poetry Series 7pm
19003 Front Street
Poulsbo, WA 98370
May 9, 2015 | GEORGE CARLIN MEMORIAL CABARET- 7:30 pm
Original work inspired by George Carlin! With Scott Katz, & Matt Price.
Couth Buzzard Books
8310 Greenwood Ave N
June 20, 2015 | 11 am to 6 pm, free
Poets in the Park
7802 168th Ave NE Redmond, WA
Crab Creek Review reading
with contributors Carlos Martinez & Ann Teplick
and editors Ronda Broatch & Jenifer Lawrence
from One Hundred Steps From Shore
from a Second Collection (Unpublished)
Book Reviews and Comments
A few words about One Hundred Steps from Shore
from poet Joseph Stroud: In these brave and powerful poems, Jenifer Browne Lawrence looks hard at her past, at loss and sorrow, at the great mystery at the heart of our world. Many of the poems in One Hundred Steps from Shore are elegiac, but what strikes me most in her work is how elegy turns from grief, to wonder, to praise. Theodore Roethke says, “In a dark time the eye begins to see.” In this book, Jenifer Browne Lawrence demonstrates how the creative act, the poem itself, not only helps us to see, but is a way of illuminating the world and transforming the self. This is a brilliant first book by a promising new poet.
from poet Kelli Russell Agodon: In Jenifer Browne Lawrence’s debut collection One Hundred Steps from Shore, Lawrence explores loss as well as the gift and curse of remembrance. With clarity and tenderness, Lawrence reminds us of the fragility of “this life winging away/without looking back.” We are immersed in her natural world, traveling back in time to the moment behind the poems when “we are holding pieces in our hands/… pieces of sky in our hands,” if loss could always be this beautiful.
From the Seattle Times: Jenifer Browne Lawrence ventures into very deep water in “One Hundred Steps from Shore.” In this Seattle-area poet’s fragmented lyrics, the solid bottom is always below her feet, the water threatening to close over her head. [Yet] there is a compensatory light — the illumination of how real people confront loss.
From Rattle: A sensory experience, One Hundred Steps from Shore speaks to an audience in the language of layered tongues. Within the ever-growing population of poetry, Jenifer Browne Lawrence is a voice to follow.
From the Centrum Blog: Lawrence’s full attention to the natural world… leads to trust in her focus on human lives, as well. These are poems that demand to be read aloud, so that we can listen as the rhythmic cadences raise questions (and refuse easy answers).
From Poe-Query: Jenifer Browne Lawrence knows how to tell a story. In One Hundred Steps from Shore (Blue Begonia Press), she writes searing emotional poems with a depth of precision. It’s a difficult balance, but here the craft doesn’t call attention to itself, doesn’t distract from the language or the story.
Journals (partial listing) Aesthetica Barn Owl Review Bellevue Literary Review Caesura Cider Press Review Comstock Review Court Green Crab Creek Review Los Angeles Review Narrative North American Review Potomac Review So to Speak Windfall
Anthologies (partial listing) Body Language (Black Moss Press) Fire on Her Tongue, an E-book Anthology Poem, Revised: 54 Poems, Revisions, Discussions (Marion Street Press) Best of Potomac Review Weathered Pages (Blue Begonia Press)
Awards/Recognition (partial listing) Orlando Prize 2013 Shellacked
James Hearst Poetry Prize What Her Father Cast (First Place, 2011) Candling (Finalist, 2014) Vigils (Finalist, 2006)
Potomac Review Poetry Contest Grand Prize, 2004 Sweeping the Sky
Narrative Magazine (Finalist, 2010 Poetry Contest)
Washington State Artist Trust GAP Grant (2006) Centrum Creative Residency 2003 – 2014 Soapstone Creative Residency 2004 – 2007
Bridport Prize The Last Dog that Died Unburied Herself, (Shortlisted, 2011)
Publication Links Poems, Blog Posts, & Videos
WINDFALL A Cottonwood Leaf Can Be Taken Apart Fishing in Alaska, I Lose Another January at the Idlenot Cemetery
THE FAR FIELD Sedna at the Juneau Cold Storage Dock
CIDER PRESS REVIEW Past Due Superstition (Red-shafted Flicker)
NORTHWIND ARTS CENTER The Reservoir
CONVERSATIONS ACROSS BORDERS Miscarriage
KALEIDOWHIRL August Romance with Fruit Flies and Rot
POETRY ON THE BUS Five Questions
CRAB CREEK REVIEW GUEST BLOG The Writer’s Notebook
Video Yakima Valley Community College – Yakima, WA “Fireweed Burning on the Hills: Writing about Loss and Grief” http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=x2fExfRMKRo