Jenny O’Connell holds an M.F.A. in Creative Writing from the University of Southern Maine’s Stonecoast MFA Program. Her forthcoming book, Finding Petronella, traces Jenny’s solo trek across Finland in the footsteps of Lappish legend Petronella van der Moer; a journey which earned her the 2014 Lappish Gold Prospectors Association Deed of the Year Award. Jenny was a 2017 Artist in Residence at Chulitna Lodge Residency. Her nonfiction poetry, “Home of Air,” is featured in Surface First Tilts West, an interactive outdoor art installation on Little Chebeague Island in Casco Bay, Maine. She is the editor of the 2016 King Fellows Anthology, Not An Apology, and her work has appeared in Rookerville Magazine.
When she is not writing, Jenny can be found guiding wilderness and international adventure trips with students, playing music and competitive Ultimate Frisbee, and coordinating flash mobs around the country. She lives in Portland, Maine with her sister and a fridge full of extra sharp cheddar cheese.