Thursday, August 1, 2013

Jenne' Andrews' new poetry collection...

A break from my regularly scheduled program to let you know about my dear poet friend, Jenne’ Andrews', stunning new collection, Blackbirds Dance in the Empire of Love, her first in thirty years. I met Jenne’ several years ago when one of her amazing poems showed up in my creative writing group, Magpie Tales, and was completely taken by her masterful use of language. 

Jenne’ wields her pen with confidence. Her poems are a fresh concoction of earthy sensuality, carefully gathered from personal experience. They are gauzy as bird wings, yet pack a raw spiritual punch. The luminosity of this new collection is strongly compelling. You'll want to quietly wrap these poems, and repeatedly savor them ... smoke them!

Finishing Line Press is a small publishing house and depends on authors to help promote their books. Jenne’s pressrun is determined by her advance sales orders. Please consider placing an order now for this lovely chapbook by clicking on the following link:

Jenne’ R. Andrews’ early work appeared in The Colorado Review, The Ontario Review, The Seneca Review, The American Poetry Review, The Bloomsbury Review, Ms., and many other journals and anthologies. Recent poems appear in The Passionate Transitory, Belletrist Coterie, The Adirondack Review and Poets for Living Waters.

Robert Bly brought out her first collection, In Pursuit of the Family, Minnesota Writers’ Publishing House, in 1974. Her first book-length collection, Reunion, won the admiration of Christopher Howell, Lynx House Press, who published it in 1983. A second chapbook, The Dark Animal of Liberty, was published by poet-editors John Bradley and James Grabill in 1988.

One Colorado August day in 2007, she lost her mobility in a fall from the beautiful Arabian mare WR Apris. After several years of rehabilitation, she has returned to a full-time writing life on the acreage she shares with her partner of twenty-three years, fiction writer Jack Brooks.

Colorado State University conferred the Master of Fine Arts Degree (MFA) in Creative Writing-Poetry upon Ms. Andrews in Autumn 2013.


  1. This is really delightful to know. Good luck for your friend. I know so many of these names, but of course Robert Bly right here from Minnesota, that's very awesome indeed!

  2. Thank you, Tess-- and thank you, Karen. I lived in St. Paul in the 70's...xxxj

  3. congrats to Jenne. She must feel so pleased to have this book come out after so many years. Quite a resume for sure.

  4. "Willow Manor" has been included in the A Sunday Drive for this week. Be assured that I hope this helps to point even more new visitors in your direction.


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