The work of Jennifer Kidney, freelance scholar, poet and adjunct professor for the College of Liberal Studies, was presented early this year as part of the Second Sunday Poetry series.
The Second Sunday Poetry Series is a program of The Depot in Norman that provides a monthly venue for notable poets of the region to present their work. It is hosted by Carl Sennhenn, the Oklahoma poet laureate, and is made possible by a grant from the Norman Arts Council.
Kidney chose her most recent work for the reading. Published by Village Books Press in 2012, Road Work Ahead is a collection of poems about the many roads taken throughout life.
Kidney has twice been nominated for Oklahoma poet laureate–once by the Oklahoma Library Association and again by the Jim Lucas Checotah Public Library.
She is the author of six books of poetry and is currently working on her seventh. Her poetry has appeared in numerous journals and magazines, including Sugar Mule, Crosstimbers. Picking Up the Tempo, Kudzu, The Seattle Review, Malpais Review and The Bellingham Review, to name a few.
Kidney earned her bachelor’s degree in English from Oberlin College and a master of philosophy and doctorate degree in English from Yale University. She has more than 20 years’ experience in university-level teaching and has worked as a technical writer, arts administrator and poet.
Update: The College of Liberal Studies was renamed the College of Professional and Continuing Studies in 2017.