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bio.

Poet Jen Harris is a professional tearjerker, public speaker, spoken word poet, activist, published author, founder and former host of Kansas City Poetry Slam. She is a TEDx fellow, a Button Poetry & Write About Now Poetry feature. Her work is poetic memoir, a confessional assortment of first-person accounts of queer life in divided America.

A further account…

Harris graduated Cum Laude from the University of Missouri-Kansas City in May 2015 with a Bachelor of Liberal Arts, emphases in Communication Studies, English Language and Literature. She is the recipient of:

  • 2018 Gift of Faith Award, The Drugstore KC

  • 2017 Winner: The Pitch Magazine's Top Poet in Kansas City

  • 2017 Spoken Word Host of the Year Nomination by the National Spoken Word Awards

  • 2016 - 2014 The Pitch Magazine's Top 3 Poets in Kansas City award

  • 2015 UMKC Jim Wanser Pride Award for outstanding LGBT community activism in Kansas City

  • TEDx fellow, University of Kansas "Spoken Word Poetry Saved My Life," Spoken Word Poetry as a form of mental health advocacy

  • 2009 ACP Kansas Journalist of the Year

Residencies & Authorship:


She is finalizing the following manuscripts:

  • Collective, Our Stories of Cancer

  • Speak Easy, The Speakeasy Collection

  • Butch

  • & multiple collaborations with visual and performance artists far and wide