I write poems, short stories, personal essays and, occasionally, longer fiction. I am very grateful to all the wonderful writers and teachers who have fueled my love of words since childhood. I'm currently working on a book of poems.
Awards and Recognitions: I was awarded a Martha's Vineyard Institute of Creative Writing Poet-Author Fellowship -- I attended the conference and retreat virtually in 2021 and will attend in-person in 2022.
From the Virginia Poetry Society, I won two first place poetry prizes and one third place poetry prize.
I won the Glenwood Clark Fiction Prize and Kutzleben Fiction Writing Contest, and second place in Fish Publishing's International Lockdown Prize for Haiku/ Senryu. I was also honored with the Haunted Waters Press Short Shorts Competition Honorable Mention and was a Glimmer Train Short Story Prize Finalist. I was a semi-finalist in Sunspot Literary Journal's Culmination Contest, and three of my works were short- and long-listed in its other contests.
My creative writing is published in/by:
Short Édition; Heron Tree Poetry Journal; Fish Publishing; Rattapallax; Bowery Poetry; the UK Arts and Humanities Research Council; The Poetry Virginia Review; Ecological Citizen; Corporeal (upcoming); Contemporary American Voices; Streetlight Magazine; Rough Cut Press; Fredericksburg Literary and Art Review; The William and Mary Review; The Compassion Anthology; Whurk Magazine; Ledbury Poetry Festival; Mala Leche; The Journal of Wild Culture; Blueline Literary Magazine; Rogue Agent Journal through Sundress Publications; the exhibition and book, Open to Interpretation, from Liberty Town Arts; Sparked Literary Magazine; The Poet's Domain; Audubon Alaska; Budding Light Press, Birds Piled Loosely Press; Echo World Magazine; Postcard Poems and Prose Magazine; Butter Press; Sky Island Journal; Disquiet Arts, Kudzu Literary Magazine; The Good Men Project; The Big Windows Review; Vagabond City; The Eclectic Literary Magazine; The Gallery; The Escarp Review; tenderness, yea; Healing Forest; the “Million-line Poem,” from Tupelo Press; and the creative women’s rights groups, Racket and Period Piece.
I have published numerous essays, including with OnBeing from APR; The Mindfulness Bell, a publication of Plum Village with Thich Nhat Hanh; with Sharon Salzberg’s Meditation Challenge blog; The Yoga and Body Image Coalition; Yoga Basics; and other publications.
Along with creative works, I also write news and analysis for multiple sites. I am published with NPR, Discover Magazine, Art News, Earth Island Journal, and others. Visit my non-fiction portfolio to learn more: jtravers.journoportfolio.com.
I am a visual artist and art teacher. I grew up near the Chesapeake Bay and now live in the foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains. My pronouns are she/her.
Thanks to my love Jeff Travers for helping me edit my work sometimes.
A self portrait, within a larger unfinished work: