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“At a farmers market, you'll find plump organic tomatoes picked the afternoon before. You find goat cheese, hibiscus tea and grass-fed beef, lamb, pork and chicken. What you don't expect to see is a poet for hire, hammering out a poem just for you, on the spot, while you shop. But that's what you'll find at Barton Creek Farmers Market at Barton Creek Square on Saturdays. Meet the full-of-life wordsmith and lover-of-people Jena Kirkpatrick. On a manual 1970 Olivetti Studio 45 typewriter that she bought for $5 at a thrift store in Kerrville, she writes poems for whatever people will pay her. She was a hit at her mother's Christmas party, where she wrote personal poems for guests. The process is simple. People talk about the subject of a poem. It's usually about a loved one, even a pet. She scribbles notes and will ask questions to get a visual image. Musician Harve Howell hired her in writing a poem about his 12-year-old son, John. "People like to talk, and they usually get very emotional," she says, as Howell did. "Man, you did it again," the misty-eyed Howell tells the barefoot Kirkpatrick while reading, "What's That Dad."
"What Jena does is turn facts into feelings," says Howell. She's perceptive, like a big antenna. And to do that on the fly within an hour is special."
Austin American Statesman
"Though Jena Kirkpatrick wears may hats and wears them well, she says her latest project, composing, "Poems on the Spot," is her calling. -'I don't know, there's something witchy going on with it. The other day I made a woman cry.' Kirkpatrick says."
The Daily Texan
Jena will be leading creative writing workshops at featured locations in the Austin area during spring break and summer. For more information contact Badgerdog Literary Publishing.
Since 2006, Jena has lead creative writing workshops at the Music Camp for Teens. The camp is a cooperatively produced by the Kerrville Folk Festival Foundation and the Boys & Girls Clubs of Central Texas. All music or poetry interested youth between the ages of 13-18 may attend. The camp is located 9 miles south of Kerrville at Quiet Valley Ranch in the beautiful Texas Hill Country. Youth find their own voices while working with award-winning musicians and writers. This year's 2019 camp will be July 21-25. For more information contact the Boys & Girls Clubs of Central Texas.
Since 2008, Jena has been teaching creative writing workshops during the AxBW -Arts by Brykerwoods Elementary School's annual celebration. This March she will lead 4 weeks of workshops followed by the AxBW festival.
Jena will be typing poems on the spot at Scholz Beer Garten for a wedding in April. Scholz is the oldest operating business in Texas, since 1886.
Writing for Positive Change is an anthology comprised of poems written by members of the Boys & Girls Clubs of Central Texas. The 2018 anthology features over 500 youth poets. This project is supported and funded in part by the Military Veterans Pilot Program.