Jenny Browne is the author of three collections of poems, At Once, The Second Reason and Dear Stranger and two chapbooks, Welcome to Freetown and Texas, Being. A former James Michener Fellow at the University of Texas, she has received the Cecil Hemley Memorial Award from the Poetry Society of America, a National Endowment for the Arts Fellowship in Poetry and two creative writing fellowships from the Texas Writers League. Her poems and essays have appeared in numerous publications including American Poetry Review, Boston Review, Garden and Gun, Oxford American, The Nation, The New York Times and Tin House. She was the 2018 Poet Laureate of the State of Texas and the Distinguished Fulbright Scholar in Creative Writing at Queens University, Belfast Northern Ireland in Spring 2020.
M.F.A., James Michener Center for Writers, University of Texas at Austin
B.A.-Honors, University of Wisconsin-Madison
New and Selected Poems - Volume 17 in the Texas Poet Laureate Series - TCU Press
Poetry Society of America Cecil Hemley Memorial Award 2015
National Endowment for the Arts Fellowship in Poetry 2013
San Antonio Artist Foundation Literature Fellowship 2005
Community service & Involvement
A longtime arts advocate, Professor Browne has taught poetry classes through the San Antonio Housing Authority, Arts San Antonio, Gemini Ink, and at the Good Samaritan Center. In the summer of 2011, she was selected by the University of Iowa International Writers Program and the U.S. State Department to travel to the Dadaab Refugee Camp in Kenya to teach poetry in the camp's secondary schools. She served as the 2016-18 City of San Antonio Poet Laureate and the 2017 Texas State Poet Laureate.