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Jennifer Hambrick

Jennifer Hambrick

Born: in Columbus, Ohio, USA
Resides: Columbus, Ohio, USA

A multi-Pushcart Prize nominee, Jennifer Hambrick has received numerous awards and other honors for her free verse poetry, Japanese short-form poetry, and haiga. She has been featured by former U.S Poet Laureate Ted Kooser in American Life in Poetry, and her work been published in The American Journal of Poetry, The Santa Clara Review, The Main Street Rag, the San Pedro River Review, POEM, Chiron Review, Ekphrastic Review, JuxtaProse Literary Magazine, Frogpond, Modern Haiku, The Heron’s Nest, Mayfly, Acorn, Cattails, World Haiku Review, Presence, tinywords, Bones, is/let, Blithe Spirit, ephemerae, Hedgerow, Wales Haiku Review, Heliosparrow Poetry Journal, Chrysanthemum, Kingfisher, Wild Plum, Haiku Canada Review, Ershik, Under the Basho, The Mainichi, The Mainichi’s Haiku in English: Best of 2017 anthology, The Asahi Shimbun, Under the Basho, Prune Juice, Failed Haiku, Ribbons, Eucalypt, HaigaOnline, Daily Haiga, and in dozens of other publications around the world. By invitation, Jennifer Hambrick served as a guest editor for The Haiku Foundation’s Per Diem web feature (April 2018). A classical musician and public radio broadcaster and web producer, Jennifer Hambrick chronicles the expressions of her creative voices at her Blog.

Awards and Other Honors:

Winner of the Stevens Manuscript Competition of the National Federation of State Poetry Societies for the full-length free verse poetry collection In the High Weeds (2020); Winner of the Sheila-Na-Gig Press Poetry Prize (2020); Pushcart Prize nominations (2020 and 2014); Appointed first Artist-in-Residence at historic Bryn Du Mansion, Granville, Ohio, (2019); First Place, Haiku Society of America Haibun Award Competition (2018); Honorable Mention, Haiku Society of America Haibun Award Competition (2020); Honorable Mention, Genjuan International Haibun Competition (2020); Highly Commended, H. Gene Murtha Senryu Contest (2021); Honorable Mention, H. Gene Murtha Senryu Contest (2018); poems selected for publication in Haiku 2021: 100 Notable Ku from 2020, ed. Lee Gurga & Scott Metz (2021); Haiku 2020: 100 Notable Ku from 2019, ed. Lee Gurga & Scott Metz (2020); The Red Moon Anthology of Contemporary Haibun, Vol. 16, ed. Rich Youmans (2021); jar of rain: The 2020 Red Moon Anthology of English-Language Haiku, ed. Jim Kacian (2021); a hole in the light: The 2018 Red Moon Anthology of English-Language Haiku, ed. Jim Kacian (2019); Honorable Mention, Jane Reichhold Memorial Haiga Contest (2017); Runner-up, Readers' Choice Award for Best Haiku published in Shamrock, the Journal of the Irish Haiku Society (2017); U.S. Sakura Award, Vancouver Cherry Blossom Festival Haiku Invitational (2017); Winning Haiku, Golden Haiku Competition (2017); Honorable Mention, Kaji Aso Studio International Haiku Competition (2017); Merit Award, Montenegrin International Haiku Competition in English (2017); Haiku Master of the Week, NHK World TV's Haiku Masters series (8 Aug. 2017); Runner-up for Haiku Master of the Week, NHK World TV's Haiku Masters series, (12 Dec. 2017); haiga accepted in the World Haiku Association Haiga Contests (2017); Placewinner - vanguard haiku category, World Haiku Review (spring/summer issue, 2016); engaged to serve as poet laureate and to write and perform six free verse poems for the 2022-23 season of the world-class Chamber Music Columbus concert series, Columbus, OH; recipient of a commission from the Johnstone Fund for New Music's poetry and music commissioning project The Big SCORE (2018); recipient of a commission from the VIVO Music Festival to write an original free verse poem in response to Arnold Schoenberg's pivotal chamber music work Verklärte Nacht (2017); Ohioana Book Award nomination for debut poetry chapbook, Unscathed (2013); Winner of the Ohio Poetry Association's Ides of March Competition (2013); Second Place, William Redding Memorial Competition [The Poetry Forum, Columbus, Ohio] (2011).

Books Published:

Joyride (Winchester, VA: Red Moon Press, 2021); In the High Weeds (National Federation of State Poetry Societies Press, 2021); Unscathed (Cleveland, OH: NightBallet Press, 2013).

Selected Work
sand fiddlers
the lengthening arc
of the sun
checking the deck
for the king of hearts
singles cruise
her paycheck
next to his
three-quarter moon
zucchini blossom
just this once
i let her wear the bling
evening bird―
for once
we’re both listening
that tree had leaves
this morning


“sand fiddlers” - Shamrock #38 (2017); “checking the deck” - Honorable Mention, 2018 H. Gene Murtha Senryu Contest, Failed Haiku vol. 3, issue 31, 2018 and Prune Juice issue 25, July 2018; "her paycheck" - Modern Haiku 48.2 (Summer 2017); "zucchini blossom" - Frogpond vol. 40.2 (Summer 2017); "evening bird" - World Haiku Review (Spring/Summer 2016); [placewinner, Vanguard Haiku category]; "deployment" - Modern Haiku vol. 47.3 (Autumn 2016).

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