Jennifer Morales [any human pronoun] is a poet, fiction writer, and performance artist whose work wrestles with questions of gender, identity, complicity, and harm. Raised in the Chicago area, they spent nearly 25 years in Milwaukee. They now live in rural Wisconsin. Jennifer became the first person in their immediate family to graduate from college when they earned a bachelor’s degree in Modern Languages and Literatures from Beloit College in 1991. After college they moved to Milwaukee, where they raised children and served as an education researcher, a doula, a grantwriter, a Sunday School teacher, and a politician. From 2001-2009 they were an elected member of the Milwaukee Public Schools board, the first Latine and first out queer person to hold this office in the city’s history.
They earned their MFA from the Creative Writing program at Antioch University-Los Angeles in 2011. Jennifer’s first book, Meet Me Halfway (UW Press, 2015), a collection of interconnected short stories about life in hyper-segregated Milwaukee, was the Wisconsin Center for the Book’s 2016 “Book of the Year.”
Jennifer is available for readings, workshops, and creative collaborations. Contact Jennifer.