Jennifer Heitman ’85 Gurney

Jennifer Heitman ’85 Gurney is now an internationally published poet. Jennifer has spent a career in public policy, advocacy and education. Fourteen months ago, she embarked on a journey to become a published poet for the first time – at the age of 59. Since November 2023, she has had nearly 700 poems accepted for publication in more than 50 online and print journals around the world. In January she won an international poetry contest – the 6th Annual Bash-an Haiku Competition – and in February her poem was published as one of 10 worldwide winners. Additionally, another of Jennifer’s poems was selected through the Ars Nova Shared Vision project to be turned into a choral piece and sung by the renowned Ars Nova Choir in a series of concerts in the Denver, Colorado, area this June. This project connects art, poetry and music to create a shared vision. Details of the project can be found online.

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