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

Jennifer Bullis is the 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 Water~Stone Review, Cave Wall, Under a Warm Green Linden, Terrain, Bellingham Review, and Cherry Tree. She is recipient of an Artsmith Residency Fellowship, an honorable mention in the Gulf Coast Prize for Nonfiction, and nominations for two Pushcart Prizes and a Best New Poets award. Her full-length manuscripts have been finalists for the  Brittingham and Felix Pollak Prize and the Moon City Poetry Award.  Currently she is librettist for Honey Sweet We Sing for You, a cantata by Aaron Grad reimagining the mythical Sirens, commissioned by Seattle Baroque Orchestra and Burning River Baroque of Cleveland.

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

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

Cave Wall  ~  Cherry Tree  ~  EcoTheo Review  ~  Floating Bridge Review  ~ For the Love of Orcas (Eds. Andrew Shattuck McBride and Jill McCabe Johnson, Trail to Table Press, 2019)  ~   Illuminations: An International Magazine of Contemporary Writing  ~  Iron Horse Literary Review  ~  Journal of Feminist Studies in Religion  ~  Moon City Review  ~  Nasty Women Poets: An Unapologetic Anthology of Subversive Verse (Lost Horse Press, 2017)  ~  Natural Bridge  ~  Noisy Water: Poetry from Whatcom County, Washington (Ed. Luther Allen, Other Mind Press, 2015)  ~  WA 129: Poets of Washington (Ed. Tod Marshal, Sage Hill Press, 2017)  ~  Water~Stone Review

Bellingham Review
Cascadia Review
Cider Press Review, Vol. 18.1
, 18.3, 18.4, 21.1, 21.2
EcoTheo Review
Gulf Coast (“Feathers”: Honorable Mention in Gulf Coast Prize for Nonfiction)
Muse /A Journal (“Amanda Bubble Pines for a God to Call Her Own” nominated for a Pushcart Prize)
Poetry Northwest (“Directions to Pt. Rupture”: winner of The Pitch contest)
Tahoma Literary Review
Tinderbox Poetry Journal
Under a Warm Green Linden Issue 2, Issue 4, Issue 6, Broadside Print


Nomination for 2021 Pushcart Prize and 2020 Best New Poets by Cave Wall for “Landscape with Unsettled Figures.”

Finalist, Floating Bridge Press Chapbook Award for manuscript “The Woods Are the Night, the Woods Are a Gap in the Night,” 2019.

Artsmith Residency Fellowship (Poetry), Orcas Island, WA, Jan. 4-11, 2019.

Finalist, Brittingham and Felix Pollak Prizes, University of Wisconsin Press, for full-length poetry manuscript “The Tongue of Narcissus,” 2017, 2018, and 2019.

Nomination for 2018 Pushcart Prize by Muse/ A Journal for “Amanda Bubble Pines for a God to Call Her Own” (poem).

Finalist, Moon City Poetry Prize for full-length manuscript “Wild-Caught Gods,” 2017  (http://moon-city-press.com/poetry-contest/).

Finalist, Scotland Residency (Poetry), Baltic Writing Residencies, 2017.

Honorable Mention, 2017 Gulf Coast Prize for Nonfiction, selected by Diane Roberts, for essay “Feathers” (https://gulfcoastmag.org/online/winter/spring-2018/feathers/).

Semifinalist, Orison Press Prize for full-length manuscript “Wild-Caught Gods,” 2015 and 2016.

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-”

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


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

7 comments on “About

  1. Pat O'Bannon says:


    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.


  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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