Brenna Womer is a prose writer, poet, and editor in flux. She is a full-time Creative Writing lecturer at Western Colorado University in Gunnison, where she lives with her partner and pit bull. She holds an MA in English from Missouri State University and an MFA in Creative Writing from Northern Michigan University. Brenna is the author of the cross-genre chapbook Atypical Cells of Undetermined Significance (C&R Press, 2018) and the full-length collection honeypot (Spuyten Duyvil, 2019). Her work has appeared in The Normal School, Indiana Review, DIAGRAM, The Rumpus, and elsewhere.
Prior to her most recent migrations, Brenna was an Air Force kid born in England, where her father’s side still resides in Cambridge. She lived on bases in California, Oklahoma, Virginia, and Alaska before she and her parents settled down in Springfield, Missouri. After earning a BA in English Literature at Missouri State, she taught composition as a graduate student and served as an assistant editor for Moon City Review as well as an intern for Moon City Press. During her time as an MFA candidate at Northern Michigan, she taught composition, creative writing, and literature courses and served as an associate editor of Passages North.
Brenna’s fiction has been nominated for the Pushcart Prize, Best of the Net, and Best Short Fictions. Her creative nonfiction has been nominated for the Pushcart Prize, and her essay “Wüsthof Silverpoint II 10-Piece Set” was named a Notable of the Year in Best American Essays 2017. At Northern Michigan, Brenna was a King-Chávez-Parks Future Faculty Fellow and a two-time recipient of the Excellence in Education Research Grant.
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