Professor Jena Osman
956 Anderson Hall
1114 Polett Walk


Creative Writing, Poetry, 20th-21st century American Poetry & Poetics


A 2006 Pew Fellow in the Arts, Jena Osman has also received grants for her poetry from the National Endowment for the Arts, the New York Foundation for the Arts, The Pennsylvania Council on the Arts, the Howard Foundation, and the Fund for Poetry. She has been a writing fellow at the MacDowell Colony, the Blue Mountain Center, the Djerassi Foundation, and Chateau de la Napoule. 
She founded and co-edited the award-winning and internationally recognized literary magazine Chain with Juliana Spahr for twelve years; Osman and Spahr now edit the ChainLinks Book series together.
 Osman received an M.A. in poetry and playwriting from Brown University, and a Ph.D. in English from the Poetics Program at the State University of New York at Buffalo.

Selected Publications

  • Corporate Relations (Burning Deck, 2014)
  • Public Figures (Wesleyan University Press, 2012)
  • The Network (Fence Books 2010, selected for the National Poetry Series in 2009)
  • An Essay in Asterisks (Roof Books, 2004)
  • The Character (Beacon Press, winner of the 1998 Barnard New Women Poets Prize)

Courses Taught

  • ENG 3196: Advanced Poetry Writing
  • ENG 3521: Contemporary Poetry
  • ENG 3900: Honors Special Topics: Psychogeography
  • ENG 4096: Studies in Creative Writing (Senior Capstone)
  • ENG 5600: Special Topics in Creative Writing: The Experimental Essay
  • ENG 5601: Graduate Poetry Workshop
  • ENG 8304: Studies in Genre: Documentary Poetics
  • ENG 8904: Temple-Penn Poetics: Close Reading Distant Reading