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Jen Powley

Jen Powley

Jen Powley is a 40-year-old prairie girl living in Canada’s ocean playground. She left Alberta after a degree in social sciences at the King’s University College in Edmonton, where she edited the school newspaper. Powley moved across the country to pursue an after-degree in journalism at the University of King’s College in Halifax. Following that, in 2001, she moved back to Halifax after a summer in Alberta. She then held jobs at the Independent Living Resource Centre (now Independent Living Nova Scotia) and the Nova Scotia League for Equal Opportunities. Realizing she could not engineer the type of societal change she wanted, Powley returned to school earning her Master’s of Urban Planning at Dalhousie University, and then worked for five years at the Ecology Action Centre. Losing her voice due to her multiple sclerosis, Powley recognized the presentations the job required were no longer feasible so she returned to the University of King’s College to pursue her Master’s of Fine Arts in Creative Non-Fiction. In May 2017, Powley released her first and only book, a memoir Just Jen, published by Roseway, an imprint of Fernwood Publishing. She self published an interactive fiction novel, Sounds Like A Halifax Adventure following the exploits of Pia,a door bell chime, and Edgar a refrigerator hum.

City:
Halifax
Province:
Nova Scotia

Publications

Just Jen. Roseway, an imprint of Fernwood, 2017

Awards

Atlantic Book Awards for Just Jen: Thriving Through Multiple Sclerosis , 2018
Eligible for National Public Readings Program:
Yes

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