Jolene Brink


I earned my MFA in Creative Writing from the University of Montana in 2016, and served as the poetry editor for a variety of publications, including Cutbank and Camas. In 2014 my first poetry chapbook, Peregrine (Red Bird Chapbooks) won the Merriam-Frontier Award. I've had my poems and essays published in Orion, Carolina Quarterly, Poetry Northwest, Southern Humanities Review and elsewhere. I'm currently a poetry reader for Carve magazine.

Right now I'm working as a freelance writer and living with my husband John Smith ('09) and our toddler son, Leo, in Two Harbors, MN.

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During my time at CSB/SJU, I was supported and encouraged by so many incredible faculty members, especially Sr. Mara Faulker, Jane Opitz, Madhu Mitra, and Jessica Harkins. I'm also endlessly grateful to Mark Conway and the Literary Arts Institute for bringing so many incredible writers to campus while I was an undergrad. It changed my life and opened up so many doors.