About Me

Jennifer Coke has won the Transatlantic Review Award for fiction, and has also been awarded first prize by the Academy of American Poets for her poetry. Her work has been performed in workshop at Actors Studio Drama School in New York City, and has been taught at graduate level at the University of San Francisco.

An excerpt from her unpublished novel, “Eye Water” has been anthologized in Henfield Prize Stories, Warner, Jan. 1992. She has also been published in Switchback, Fringe Magazine, SNR Review, and Achiote Press. A graduate of writing programs at Sarah Lawrence College and University of San Francisco, she is currently working on a novel, “Grace Notes.”

Jennifer grew up in Jamaica, West Indies, and has lived in Cincinnati, OH and New York City where she was a corporate speechwriter and editor. She now lives in San Francisco with her husband.


The Henfield Prize is something extraordinary; recognition and support for unknown and unpublished writers, chosen from outstanding students in U.S. writing programs. This anthology of the finest winning pieces since the award’s inception in 1980 includes well-known authors Sue Miller, Harriet Doerr, Mona Simpson, and Ethan Canin. Libraries may already own the novels and collections in which these stories were eventually published. There are also plenty of exciting new works, including Jennifer Coke’s “Eye Water.”

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