Visiting writer Jennifer Groff in NYM through end of the year

Although she grew up in a small village in Central New York, Jennifer Groff came to Minnesota every summer to visit grandparents and cousins (and to go back-to-school shopping at Dayton’s). She graduated from the University of Minnesota with a major in geography and a minor in anthropology, went back east to study landscape architecture, and eventually became a school librarian. Interested in celebrating community through poetry, Jennifer has contributed haiku to the Poster Project of Syracuse, NY and participated in the Spoken Word Festival of Lancaster, PA.

Her writing has appeared online at and, and in print in Ladybug and Babybug. She received a work in progress runner-up grant from the Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators (SCBWI) for a young adult novel, and a Special Opportunity Stipend from the New York Foundation for the Arts.

During her residency Jennifer will be working on a poetry collection, Pine and New, developed in part from chalkboard notes she’s collected.


Jennifer will also be hosting Teen Writing Time December 9 and 16 from 6-7:30 pm for teen writers ages 12-18 at the Cultural Center.