Jenifer Browne Lawrence

Jen_Lawrence_color_3Jenifer 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…

2015 Readings

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
Tickets $15

May 2, 2015Poulsbohemian Coffeehouse Poetry Series 7pm
19003 Front Street
Poulsbo, WA 98370

Original work inspired by George Carlin! With Scott Katz, & Matt Price.
Couth Buzzard Books
8310 Greenwood Ave N
Seattle WA

June 20, 201511 am to 6 pm, free
Poets in the Park
Anderson 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from a Second Collection (Unpublished)


front _UJenifer’s book is available at BLUE BEGONIA PRESS and will soon be available at The Poetry Loft’s on-line bookstore.

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.

Publication Credits

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

A Cottonwood Leaf Can Be Taken Apart
Fishing in Alaska, I Lose Another
January at the Idlenot Cemetery
Sedna at the Juneau Cold Storage Dock
Past Due Superstition (Red-shafted Flicker)
The Reservoir
August Romance with Fruit Flies and Rot
Five Questions
The Writer’s Notebook

Video Yakima Valley Community College – Yakima, WA “Fireweed Burning on the Hills: Writing about Loss and Grief”

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