Born in North Bay, Ontario, Jennica Harper lives in B.C. and has taught screenwriting at Vancouver Film School. With an MFA in Creative Writing from UBC, she has published The Octopus and Other Poems (Signature Editions, 2006). The title poem concerns a debate between former lovers as to the merits of searching for extraterrestrial life. It was a finalist for a National Magazine Award.

Jennica Harper's third collection, Wood (Anvil 2013), contains six poetry suites, starting with a meditation within the mind of Pinocchio and ending with a meditation within the mind of a minor, coming-of-age character from Mad Men, Sally Draper, who struggles to both emulate and rebuff the influence of her philandering father Don Draper, the successful advertising executive in the television series. Somewhat similarly, a suite called Papa Hotel playfully imagines having Jack Nicholson, Robert Redford, Kevin Costner, Roman Polanksi, Peter Falk and Steve McQueen as father figures.

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The Octopus and Other Poems (Signature Editions, 2006) 1-897109-10-5 $14.95.
What It Feels Like For A Girl (Anvil 2008) 978-1895636-96-3 $15
Wood (Anvil Press 2013) $18 978-1-927380-64-2
Bounce House (Anvil Press 2019) $18 978-1-77214-140-5

[BCBW 2019] "Poetry"