Jennifer Murvin, Biography

Forhtcoming publication ~ Jen's graphic essay "Cannibal" has been accepted to the Fall 2019 issue of The Southampton Review!

Exciting news ~ Jen and her partner Kory Cooper's new independent bookstore Pagination Bookshop is NOW OPEN on historic Walnut St., downtown Springfield, MO.

BIOGRAPHY: Jennifer Murvin is a writer and teacher. Her essays and stories have appeared or are forthcoming in The Southampton Review, The Pinch, december magazineDIAGRAMThe Florida ReviewCatamaran Literary Reader, Indiana Review, CutBank, Post RoadAmerican Short Fiction (2015 - Winner of the American Short(er) Ficton Contest, judged by Stuart Dybek), Phoebe (Honorable Mention, judged by Ramona Ausubel, 2015 Fiction Contest), Out of Sequence: The Sonnets RemixedRevolverThe Sun, Mid-American Review, Midwestern Gothic, Bellingham Review, Cincinnati Review, Baltimore Review  (Third Place, Winter 2012 Short Fiction Contest), Huizache, and other literary journals. Jen Murvin has also published several comic books for children, including the series Chickasaw Adventures, Stories of the Saints, and McGraw-Hill's World History Ink

Jen is a faculty member in English/Creative Writing at Missouri State University (2009-present), where she teaches Fiction Writing (short story), the Graphic Novel (craft and literature), Memoir Writing, Form and Theory of Prose, Literary Publication, and Contemporary American Fiction. She is also a faculty member for the River Pretty Writers Retreat held twice annually in Tecumseh, Missouri. Jen holds an MA in English from Missouri State University and an MFA in Nonfiction from Pacific University in Forest Grove, Oregon.

Jennifer Murvin is available as a visiting writer for readings, craft talks, and workshops. Her genres include fiction, nonfiction, and graphic narrative. She has been a visiting writer to several universities, high school arts programs, and community writing groups/arts organizations.