Jennifer Brinkmeyer writes urban fantasy and horror. Speculative fiction helps her explore the world–how it is and how it could be. As a lifelong resident of the Midwest, she loves celebrating the great industrial cities and the blue-collar workers who inhabit them. She uses supernatural metaphor to illuminate themes in contemporary society. Her history in group improvisation as a performer and coach taught her to write humor. Adding levity gives her work more humanity. Finally, she enjoys juxtaposing characters to question social expectations, particularly those held for women.
Jennifer graduated from The University of Iowa in 2006 with a B.A. in English and from Graceland University in 2011 with an M.A. in Collaborative Teaching and Learning. Her thesis was on the value of teachers writing with their students in the classroom. She earned her Ed. S. in Literacy Education Leadership from Drake University in May 2015. She is a certified K-12 reading specialist. This is her tenth year teaching English and coaching speech.
Currently, she teaches Reading Strategies and U.S. Literature. In 2014, she received UChicago’s Outstanding Educator Award. In 2013, she was among the first recipients of the Book Love Foundation classroom library grant and is one of the teachers featured on the foundation’s podcasts. She regularly presents at Iowa Council Teachers of English conferences.