Jenny O’Connell’s book project, Finding Petronella, traces her solo trek across Finland in the footsteps of Lappish legend Petronella van der Moer; a journey which earned the 2014 Lappish Gold Prospectors Association Deed of the Year Award. Her work has been published in or is forthcoming from Slice Magazine, Camas, and Stonecoast Review, and has been long-listed for the Diana Woods Memorial Award. Jenny edited the 2016 King Fellows Anthology, Not An Apology—a body of work by student activists exploring issues of race and identity in Portland, Maine. Her nonfiction poetry collection, “Home of Air,” was featured in Surface First Tilts West, an interactive outdoor art installation on Little Chebeague Island in Casco Bay, Maine. In 2017, Jenny was an artist in residence at Chulitna Lodge Research Institute in remote Alaska. She is a recent graduate of the Stonecoast MFA in Creative Writing Program.
Jenny writes from Portland, Maine, where she serves as Stonecoast MFA’s Community Outreach Coordinator and mentors young writers as a Teaching Artist at The Telling Room. When she is not writing, Jenny can be found guiding wilderness and international adventure trips with students, playing music and competitive Ultimate Frisbee, and coordinating flash mobs around the country.