Jennifer Sinor

BA, 1991

Creative Writing

Jennifer Sinor earned her B.A. in English and Russian from the University of Nebraska–Lincoln in 1991, where her life was changed by teachers who loved their work: Professors Bergstrom, Knoll, Behrendt, Maslowski, Wolf, Berger, and Gibbon to name but a few. She is forever grateful for their encouragement, creativity, and passion. As a student at Nebraska, Jennifer first published in Laurus. She earned her Ph.D. in English & Education at the University of Michigan in 2000. Now a professor of English at Utah State University, Jennifer teaches creative nonfiction and serves as the curricular chair of creative writing. She is the author of several books of creative nonfiction including her recently published collection of essays entitled Sky Songs: Meditations on Loving a Broken World. Her other books include Letters Like the Day: On Reading Georgia O’Keeffe and the memoir Ordinary Trauma.  Her first book, The Extraordinary Work of Ordinary Writing, centered on the diary of her great, great, great aunt Annie Ray, a woman who homesteaded the Dakotas in the late nineteenth century and turned to writing as a way to make meaning of her world. In addition to her work as a professor, Jennifer is also a yoga teacher. She lives in northern Utah with her husband, the poet Michael Sowder, and their two teenage sons, and she tries every day to be the kind of teacher who inspired her at Nebraska so many years ago.

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