Jenifer Sang Eun Park earned her B.A. in English and B.A. in Communication Studies from the University of Colorado at Denver (2010), and her M.F.A. in Poetry from the University of Alabama (2016). Her essay, "Yellow Like My Dad," was shortlisted for the 2018 Cosmonauts Avenue Nonfiction Prize judged by Ocean Vuong and was selected by Ira Sukrungruang as the winner of the 2018 Under the Gum Tree creative nonfiction contest. She was a finalist for the 2017 Madeleine P. Plonsker Emerging Writer's Residency Prize, the 2015 University of Alabama 3MT (Three Minute Thesis) competition, and a 2014 Best of the Net Anthology nominee.
Her first book, Autobiography of Horse (April 2019) was selected by Wong May as a co-winner of the Gaudy Boy Poetry Book Prize. Presented in lyrical prose, diagrams, photos, and conceptual excerpts from imagined texts, Autobiography of Horse, pieces together a true story spurred by a tormented, pathological, and, ultimately, redemptive imagination. At one point a muse, the horse is transformed into a vessel used to travel the volatile hollows of memory, selfhood, and loss. In order to make this journey, the horse mutates from an image into a companion, a projection, and a reflection that, as Wallace Stevens wrote in “The Noble Rider and the Sound of Words,” injects imagination with “the strength of reality.”
She's currently working on a collection of poems and essays that cross-examines her experience as a first-generation Korean American and a chapbook that interrogates how exams, tests, and assessments measure aptitude in ways that are limited/limiting (read one of these poems here).
Originally from Denver, CO, Jenifer lives in Tuscaloosa and teaches creative writing, freshman composition, and literature at the University of Alabama.
Jenifer is not a horse.