Jennifer is the author of four books of poems. The New York Times Book Review said her latest, Days of Shame and Failure, "hits, with deceptive ease, all the poetic marks a reader could want: intellectual curiosity, emotional impact, beautiful language, surprising revelation and arresting imagery." Her first three books of poems are The Mystery of the Hidden Driveway, Drunk by Noon and A Gringo Like Me.

Her poems have appeared four times in the Best American Poetry series, the anthologies Great American Prose Poems, From Poe to Present and Best American Erotic Poems, and publications such as the New York Times, the New Yorker and American Poetry Review. Her non-fiction writing has appeared in the Washington Post, Los Angeles Review of Books, The Inquisitive Eater, Press Play and The Best American Poetry Blog.

From 2016-2017, she developed and curated the crowd-sourced poetry project, Iowa Bird of Mouth, which was supported by the Iowa Arts Council and the National Endowment for the Arts.

Jennifer is currently working on a culinary memoir and a new book of poems about, among other things, mycoremediation. She teaches writing at Iowa State University and is the proprietor of a small-batch artisanal spice company called Saltlickers. Her schedule of private online poetry writing classes can be found on her class calendar, here

Born in Lancaster, California—home to Frank Zappa, Captain Beefheart, and the Space Shuttle—she received her B.A. from the University of Iowa, and her M.F.A. in poetry writing from New York University. She has taught creative writing at Hunter College and New York University and lectured at colleges and universities across the country.