Jennifer Franklin, Program Director

Jennifer Franklin has been the Program Director of the Hudson Valley Writers Center since 2014. She has published three full-length collections, most recently, If Some God Shakes Your House (Four Way Books, March 2023). With Nicole Callihan & Pichchenda Bao, she coedited the anthology, Braving the Body (Harbor Editions, March 2024). In 2021, she received both a Cafe Royal Foundation Grant in Literature and a NYFA/City Artist Corps Grant in Poetry. Her work has been published widely in anthologies, print publications, and online including in American Poetry Review, Bennington Review, Boston Review, Gettysburg Review, The Nation, The Paris Review, Poetry Society’s “Poetry in Motion,” and Prairie Schooner. Diane Seuss chose one of Franklin’s poems for The Academy of American Poets “poem-a-day” series in March 2023. Most recently, her poem, “Memento Mori: Apple Orchard” was included in the eco-poetry section of the Beford Introduction to Literature (Macmillian, 2024). She holds an AB from Brown University and an MFA from Columbia University where she was the Harvey Baker Fellow. For the past ten years, she has taught manuscript revision at the Hudson Valley Writers Center, where she runs the reading series and serves as Program Director. Each spring semester, she also teaches craft workshops in Manhattanville’s MFA program. She lives in New York City with her husband, their daughter, and their rescue pit bull, Dottie.