Arts Calling Podcast #34 Jennifer Schomburg Kanke | Poetry for everyone, nature, and continuing to learn

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Hi there,

National Poetry Month continues! Today I am so happy to be arts calling Jennifer Schomburg Kanke!

About: Jennifer Schomburg Kanke is a writer and editor living in Tallahassee, Florida. She is the author of the chapbook of micropoems Fine, Considering (Rinky Dink Press, 2019) about her experiences undergoing chemotherapy for ovarian cancer; the winner of the Science Fiction Poetry Association’s annual contest in 2013 for the under 10 line category; and has been nominated for both the Pushcart and the Best of the Net. Her work has appeared in Massachusetts Review, Salamander, New Ohio Review, Prairie Schooner, Pleiades, Nimrod, and other journals. She is also an active member in the Poetry Witch Community, helping publicize Annie Finch’s course offerings and serving as instructional support for a self-paced course in metrical poetry. She was previously Reviews Editor at Pleiades, Poetry Editor for the Southeast Review, an editor at Quarter After Eight and a reader for Emrys. She has a PhD from Florida State University and multiple degrees (MA, MEd, and BSEd) from Ohio University. Her current writing projects include a novel-in-verse about Appalachian Ohio from the 1930s to the early 2000s and a fictional memoir written by entraining to William Wordsworth’s “The Prelude.” Her writing often covers topics related to socioeconomic class, C-PTSD, Appalachia, and the environment. She blogs sporadically (typically about new NSA cookie recipes she’s developing) at If you’d like to contact her about her writing, you can find her on Twitter @JSK1975.

For Jennifer’s latest publications, visit:

Thanks for coming on the show, Jennifer!

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Make art. Much love,


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