About

TO CONTACT: Please email me at jenniferbullis (at) comcast (dot) net.

 

BIO

Jennifer Bullis is author of the chapbook Impossible Lessons (MoonPath Press, 2013). Originally from Reno, Nevada, she earned a Ph.D. in English from the University of California, Davis. She lives in Bellingham, Washington, where she taught composition and literature at Whatcom Community College for 14 years. Her poems appear in such journals as Bellingham Review, Water~Stone Review, Iron Horse, Tahoma, Green Linden, Cider Press Review, and Heavy Feather. One of her poems was nominated for a Pushscart by Muse /A Journal in 2017. One of her full-length manuscripts, “Wild-Caught Gods,” was a finalist for the 2017 Moon City Poetry Prize, and another full-length manuscript, “The Tongue of Narcissus,” is currently a finalist for the 2018 Brittingham and Felix Pollak Prize. She is recipient of an honorable mention for the 2017 Gulf Coast Prize in Nonfiction and an AWP Writer-to Writer mentorship (2015), and was a finalist for the 2018 Baltic Residency in Brora, Scotland.

If you’d like the really gritty details, here’s my curriculum vitae:


EDUCATION

B.A. Claremont McKenna College, 1988, History and Literature
M.A. University of California, Davis, 1990, English
Ph.D., University of California, Davis, 1995, English. Dissertation: “Wisely Armed:  Self and Satire in the Novels of Dawn Powell, Mary McCarthy, and Muriel Spark.” Director:  Sandra M. Gilbert


POEMS PUBLISHED IN JOURNALS AND ANTHOLOGIES

 

“Amanda Bubble Crafts a New Creation Story,” Bellingham Review, No. 61, Fall 2015

“Amanda Bubble Drafts a Letter Resigning Her Church Membership,” Clover: A Literary Rag, No. 6, 2013

“Amanda Bubble Is Always Revising Her Credo,” Floating Bridge Review No. 6, 2013

“Amanda Bubble Mythologizes Her Family of Origin,” Clover: A Literary Rag, No. 7, 2014

“Amanda Bubble Reflects on Narcissus,” Illuminations No. 29, Summer 2013

“Amanda Bubble Senses Her Muse Approaching,” Clover: A Literary Rag, No. 6, 2013

“Amanda Bubble Sings a Water Song,” Floating Bridge Review No. 7, 2014

Amanda Bubble Worries About the Food Chain,” Wherewithal 1.1, Nov. 2014

“Aphrodite Schools Amanda Bubble,” Clover: A Literary Rag, No. 6, 2013

Ars Poetica,” Iron Horse Literary Review 14.3, 2012

“Ascent,” Crosscurrents, Fall 2005; Pontoon: An Anthology of Washington State Poets  No. 8, 2005

“At Mt. Baker, October,” Cirque 5.1, Winter 2013

“Basal Cell Carcinoma,” The Comstock Review 22.1, Spring/Summer 2008

“Body, Blood:  After Andrew Hudgins,” Pontoon: An Anthology of Washington State Poets  No. 10, 2008

“Close,” Kahini Magazine (formerly Conversations Across Borders), 2012

“Day After Thanksgiving,” Cascadia Review, April 2013

“Directions to Pt. Rupture,” winner of The Pitch contest, Poetry Northwest, November 2011

“‘Don’t You Just Love Being a Mother?’” Pontoon: An Anthology of Washington State Poets  No. 10, 2008

 

“Getting Ready,” Rock & Sling 4.2, Winter 2007

“Hearing Bluegrass,” Clover: A Literary Rag No. 7, 2014

“In That Time of Skiing I Was Always Wrong,” Cider Press Review, Vol. 18.1 18.1, January 2016

“Lesson Horse,” Crosscurrents, Fall 2005; Floating Bridge Review, Fall 2009

“Mapping the Room: For Lydia McCauley,” Crosscurrents, Fall 2009

“Mary Instructs Leonardo da Vinci as He Begins Painting The Annunciation,” Journal of Feminist Studies in Religion 30.2, 2014

“Mnemonic,” Illuminations No. 29, Summer 2013

“My Neighbor,” Floating Bridge Review, Fall 2010

Nevada Rain,” Kahini Magazine (formerly Conversations Across Borders), 2012

“One Way,” Cascadia Review, April 2013

“She Replies to the Alumni Coordinator of the Conservative Christian College Where She Took a Summer Art Class in 1997,” Tahoma Literary Review 1.2, Dec. 2014

“Some Friend,” Iron Horse Literary Review 14.3, 2012

“Some of What I Am About To Tell You Is True,” Natural Bridge, Spring 2010

“Start What You Finish,” Floating Bridge Review No. 5, 2012

“Strange Accounting,” Rock & Sling 4.2, Winter 2007

“Strange Bird,” Cascadia Review, April 2013

“Ten Great Gifts for the Woman Who Has Nothing” in Noisy Water: Poetry from Whatcom County, Washington. Bellingham: Other Mind Press, 2015.

“Thus the World,” Clover: A Literary Rag No. 4, 2012

“Went Hiking,” Cascadia Review, April 2013

“What Was Good About Going to Church,” Pontoon 2015, Floating Bridge Press

“Winnie Confesses to Some Confusion,” Floating Bridge Review No. 4, 2011

Year of the Rattle,” Honorable Mention, Tupelo Press Poetry Project, Spring 2011

TEACHING

Whatcom Community College, Bellingham, WA (1995-2005, Tenure-Track and Tenured; 2006-2009, Adjunct)
Courses Taught: American Literature, Introduction to Literature, Introduction to Poetry, Writing about Literature, Reading and Writing Nature Poetry (Honors Seminar), First-Year English Composition, Intermediate Composition, Advanced Composition

University of Puget Sound, Tacoma, WA, 1994-1995 (Adjunct)
First-Year English Composition

University of California, Davis, 1988-1993 (Graduate Fellow)
Basic Writing, First-Year English Composition, Writing about Literature

HONORS AND AWARDS

Mentee, AWP Writer to Writer Program, Spring 2015. Mentor: Allen Braden

Doug and Ann Johnson Scholarship, Writer Island weekend workshop, Artsmith, Orcas Island, WA, February 2015

Finalist, 2014 Floating Bridge Chapbook Award, for manuscript titled “Amanda Bubble Is Nearly on Fire”

Finalist, 2012 Snowbound Chapbook Award, Tupelo Press, for manuscript titled “Myths of Origin, Falling Away” (http://www.tupelopress.org/prizewinners2012.php)

Honorable Mention, Tupelo Press Poetry Project, Spring 2011 for poem titled “Year of the Rattle”

Winner, The Pitch Contest, Poetry Northwest, November 2011

Finalist, 2007 Snowbound Chapbook Award, Tupelo Press, for manuscript titled “About the Food Chain, and Other Pointed Questions for the Deity” (http://www.tupelopress.org/prizewinners2007.php)

Semi-Finalist, 2007 Floating Bridge Press Chapbook Award, for manuscript titled “Post-”

Exemplary Status Award (co-recipient), Washington State Community College Humanities Association, October 2005

Sabbatical Leave, Whatcom Community College Board of Trustees, Fall 2004

Puget Sound Energy Faculty Excellence Award, Whatcom Community College, 2003

Sabbatical Leave, Whatcom Community College Board of Trustees, Spring 2002

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7 comments on “About

  1. Pat O'Bannon says:

    Jennifer,

    I was trying to find a way to get in touch with you and found your website. First, I wanted catch up and see how you, Mark and your son are doing. Second, I have a friend from high school who lives near Monroe who is a poet at heart and is looking at some grad school programs. I was thinking you could provide a some insight for her into the literary grad school world … and maybe meet a kindred poetic soul in the area. Hopefully the email address entered below will get to you. I would love to catch up.

    Thanks,
    Pat

  2. Jennifer, your curriculum vitae is most impressive. I am looking forward to reading more and more of your poems and more of your work.

    Sincerely, and best wishes to you and yours, Andy

  3. Very interested , so I nominate you for the One Lovely Blog Award .

  4. Marci Ameluxen says:

    Hi Jennifer, email me about connecting on readings together, my chapbook is also coming out from MoonPath Press in April and Lana suggested I talk to you!

  5. Elijah Moore says:

    Hi Jennifer, I used to be a student of yours. You may remember. It was maybe 2001? I really appreciated your mentorship and felt like I learned a lot in your class. I remember you as a very respectful person and I always felt like you listened carefully to what I said. Thanks! I’m excited to see that you are a poet, I may have known that, but it’s been so long, it slipped my mind. I’m excited to look into your work.
    I am writing because I had a dream about WCC last night and was walking around the campus looking for your office to say hi. I was also looking for another faculty’s office too, but I can’t remember his name. He taught film studies I believe. Anyway, I hope you are well. I have been living between Olympia and Whidbey Island for the last 10 years (!). My wife and I have a band called LAKE that has had some success, and we are currently able to eek out a meager living from music (licensing songs for TV, touring, etc.). http://www.laketheband.com
    I would love to touch base someday. Do you still teach at Whatcom?
    Talk to you soon.

    • Thank you for getting in touch, Eli! It’s great to hear what you’ve been up to. I’ve been away from WCC for the past four years, writing and raising a son. In the coming months, I’m hoping to schedule readings from my new book on Whidbey and in Olympia; it would be great to meet up! I’d enjoy meeting your wife and hearing about your band. All the best to you!

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