Writer, teacher, mother, and certified yoga instructor, Jennifer Sinor is the author of several books of creative nonfiction, including, most recently, Sky Songs: Meditations on Loving a Broken World.
Jennifer wrote her first and last poem in the fourth grade, a piece commissioned by her teacher and abandoned almost immediately thereafter. She never left her love of writing though and followed it to the University of Michigan where she earned her PhD. Her first book, The Extraordinary Work of Ordinary Writing, centers on the diary of her great, great, great aunt Annie Ray, a woman who homesteaded in the Dakotas in the late nineteenth century. That book secured her adoration of the ordinary and the magic found in the everyday. Since then, much of her writing asks how best to attend, how to love, to awaken, to hold sorrow. Her essays have appeared in The American Scholar, Creative Nonfiction, The Writer’s Chronicle, The Norton Reader, Utne, The Normal School, and elsewhere. Her memoir, Ordinary Trauma, a series of linked flash nonfiction, is a coming-of-age story about her military childhood during in the late Cold War, while her essay collection, Letters Like the Day, returns to her love of women’s daily writing and takes inspiration from the letters of Georgia O’Keeffe. The recipient of the Stipend in American Modernism, Jennifer has also been nominated for the National Magazine Award. When she is not writing or teaching or spending time with her husband, the poet Michael Sowder, and their two teenage sons, Jennifer can be found practicing yoga in Logan, Utah. A professor of English, Jennifer teaches creative writing at Utah State University.