writer Jenn Dean

:  about

Jenn Dean is the female literary version of Jeff Corwin.


New York-born writer and naturalist (and former actress and stand-up comedian) Jenn Dean holds an M.F.A. from Bennington Writing Seminars in Literature and Nonfiction, has won a Millay Colony residency, and is a frequent writer-in-residence at Centrum in Port Townsend, WA. Her writing has appeared in Salamander and and her interview with the writer Jane Brox appeared in the AWP Writer’s Chronicle. Her memoir, The House of My Sleepless Nights, explores the effect of her mother’s hidden mental illness on her views of the world.

Writing the memoir reawakened her dream of becoming an ornithologist. In the past ten years she has banded migrating songbirds and Sawwhet Owls, worked as a teacher/naturalist for Massachusetts Audubon, and traveled to Bermuda to study the rare, elusive Pterodroma cahow, one of the world's most endangered seabirds. Her essay, “The Keepers of the Ghost Bird,” is about that experience.

She has written a children’s book as the genesis for a series on Pacific Northwest birds and animals; her columns about Washington State birds have appeared in The River Current News. Soon she will webcast an informal series on natural science, Live from Washington State!, that shows how our wild spaces, and the creatures within, form and inform the human community.

She lives in Carnation, WA, where she volunteers for Conservation Northwest setting wildlife camera traps. She is also the Development Officer, Grants and Foundations, for Planned Parenthood of the Great Northwest.