Jena Osman, Professor of English, is a poet and scholar. Her books of poems include An Essay in Asterisks (Roof Books, 2004), The Character (Beacon Press, winner of the 1998 Barnard New Women Poets Prize), The Network (a 2009 winner of the National Poetry Series and published by Fence Books in 2010), and Public Figures (Wesleyan University Press 2012).
Other publications include Jury (Meow Press), Amblyopia(Avenue B), and Twelve Parts of Her (Burning Deck Press). Her work has appeared in anthologies such as The Best American Poetry of 2002 (selected by Robert Creeley), as well as in literary journals such as American Letters & Commentary, Conjunctions, Hambone, Verse, and XCP: Cross-Cultural Poetics. Her poems have been translated into French, Swedish, and Serbo-Croatian.
Osman has received a 2006 Pew Fellowship in the Arts, as well as grants from the National Endowment for the Arts, the New York Foundation for the Arts, the Pennsylvania Council on the Arts, the Howard Foundation, and the Fund for Poetry. She has been a writing fellow at the MacDowell Colony, the Blue Mountain Center, the Djerassi Foundation, and Chateau de la Napoule. With Juliana Spahr, she founded and edited the award-winning and internationally recognized literary magazine Chain as well as the ChainLinks book series.
Osman received an MA in poetry and playwriting from Brown University, and a PhD in English from the Poetics Program at the State University of New York at Buffalo. Aside from teaching poetry workshops, Professor Osman teaches seminars on contemporary poetry and poetics. She is also the faculty advisor for the undergraduate literary magazine, Hyphen.
For more information, visit her website at jenaosman.com