Jennifer LoveGrove knows what she likes in poetry, and puts it into practice. “I value the unexpected, whether that’s in the language, the imagery, or conceptual concerns, I look for inventive ways these elements have been engaged and structured in a poem. I like to be surprised, unsettled, destabilized.”

She is the author of the Giller Prize–longlisted novel Watch How We Walk, and three poetry collections: I Should Never Have Fired the Sentinel, The Dagger Between Her Teeth, and her latest work, Beautiful Children with Pet Foxes. Jennifer’s work has been nominated for the K.M. Hunter Artist Award for Literature and shortlisted for the Lit POP Awards. Her writing has appeared in numerous publications across North America.

Beautiful Children With Pet Foxes explores moments of extreme crisis through a terrain of startling dreamscapes and creatures both tame and wild —from humans, to foxes, moose, deer and crows, slugs, fish, beetles, mosquitos, earthworms, and more—who give voice to the things we can’t express in our daily lives. The Globe and Mail praised her work, saying it “stretches the possibility of lyric expression with a dreamlike twist.”

Jennifer divides her time between downtown Toronto and rural Ontario.

Appearing in: 35. Saturday Night SpeakEasy, 43. Wine, Women, and Words