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by Jennifer Hurley


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In Origin, Jennifer Hurley gathers together stories that illustrate how family, memories, and experiences shape who we are, recollections that come to life with detailed, unique imagery. The intimate narrative voice throughout encourages readers to connect in both personal and universal ways. The poet's ability to suggest meaning in even the smallest of moments prompts an intuitive, reflective reading experience.

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ISBN-13: 9781635340037
Publisher: Finishing Line Press
Publication date: 08/26/2016
Pages: 34
Product dimensions: 5.50(w) x 8.50(h) x 0.07(d)

About the Author

Many of Jennifer's favorite early memories include books: running home from kindergarten so her mother could read aloud from a full-length version of Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs; her first-grade teacher's expressive voice while reading Ronald Dahl's Charlie and the Chocolate Factory to the class after recess; the author of the Clifford books-Norman Bridwell-visiting her second grade class to discuss his writing and illustrate "The Big Red Dog" right before her eyes.

Also, Jennifer recalls her family, from her mother and aunts to her grandparents, swimming in a sea of books, especially over summer break when a visit to the library generated the same excitement as stopping at a Dairy Queen.

Certainly this nurturing played a role in her desire to write. As early as age thirteen, when asked what she wanted to be when she grew up, Jennifer declared, "An author."

Like so many writers, Jennifer can't remember a time she didn't write; can't remember a time that she didn't appreciate the power of words. She remains amazed by how much a mere word can convey, like love or hate-acceptance or rejection.

She earned a B.S. in Education (Major: English) from Indiana University Bloomington and an M.A. in Liberal Studies (Concentration: English) from Valparaiso University. She pursued her interests in marketing while working in the business sector and has taught English at both the high school and college level. Currently, she works as the Media Specialist for Thomas Jefferson Middle School in Valparaiso, Indiana. Her poetry, fiction, and essays have appeared in various literary publications, including The Cresset, Etchings, Flying Island, Plath Profiles (multiple issues), and Valparaiso Poetry Review (multiple issues), among others. In addition, one of her poems appeared in the print anthology, Best of Flying Island, 2014.

Table of Contents

Grandmother 1
Grandfather 2
The Farmer 3
Lions Apparently Not Enough to Keep Intruders Out 4
Junction 5
A Winter Remission 6
Ruin 7
I Watched Him 8
Sisters 9
5:15 AM 10
Slivers 11
Prodigies 12
Backyard Reception 13
First Love 14
The Hunted 15
A Tender Age 16
Slinky 17
Jack O' Lantern 18
Underwater 19
Our Breakup 20
American Summer 21
Leaving the Bed 22

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