Jennilie Brewster's visual art has been shown in museums and galleries around the country, where in many cases, she worked with students and guests in the creation of room-size dioramas made from local discarded items. Her Newspaper Series was the inspiration and backdrop projection for the performance 64, featured in the 2012 Spring Artist Lodge at HERE Arts Center in New York. A book documenting the collaboration was made with the help of a Puffin Foundation grant. Jennilie is a Lower Manhattan Cultural Council 2016 Su-Casa artist-in-residence.
Her poetry and prose have appeared in Word Riot and Catapult. In 2015, Ashley C. Ford selected Jennilie as one of Matter’s Emerging Writers. She’s a co-creator of The Hustle, a writers’ conversation series, and former editor-at-large for Armchair/Shotgun. Her recent fellowships include the Ucross Foundation and the Vermont Studio Center’s Swann Fellowship for a writer who’s also a painter.
Jennilie holds a BFA from the School of Visual Arts (2002) and an MFA from Bard College (2007). A resident of Roosevelt Island in New York City, she created and runs the project Open Doors, which connects an isolated group of men affected by gun violence with resources to improve their lives and use their stories to inspire lasting change.
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