Jenna is a former athlete turned spoken word artist, public speaker and facilitator.
A devastating knee injury in high school opened her to the world of writing and later journalism school, where she started to walk towards her fears, break silences and find her voice. These little steps of courage in her journal have led her to national stages, including TEDx and Parliament Hill, where she encourages others to see the power of their stories.
Jenna has an innate talent for seeing and bringing out the potential in others, and opening spaces where people’s voices can be heard – especially the quietest ones. She isn’t afraid to go deep in her workshops, encouraging participants to explore what is unseen in themselves and the spaces around them. For Jenna, writing is an important outlet for self-reflection, healing and survival.
She walks with a range of identities as a queer woman of colour. Her own writing dives into the complexities of identity, relationships and finding her way home. She has written for several publications, including the Huffington Post and the Ottawa Citizen. Jenna was a 2014 Vancouver Biennale artist-in-residence and has a master’s degree in women’s studies. She believes in the power of storytelling to break silences, connect people and change the world around us. You can read more about her work on her personal website.
Full of feeling, Jenna loves laughing and can be found exploring the city while singing jazz on her bike. Her ideal day would include brunch with friends, wandering a new neighbourhood, jazz at the Communist’s Daughter and soaking up the beauty around her.
This spring Jenna will be teaching one session of Keep Your Pen Moving and a Life Stories Workshop specifically for women of colour. She’ll also be assisting in our online class Coming Home to Writing, and co-facilitating the summer retreat, Summerglow. She’ll be available to see one-on-one clients in March.