First Impressions

The Casual Introduction

Hello, friend. I am someone who likes to write poetry with a tinge of inspiration from scientific discourse. Though it usually revolves around brain and cognitive studies, I’ve delved into some chemistry or otherwise (which are topics, by the good grace of god, I should not be allowed to handle).

What you’ll normally see on this blog are writing exercises that often lead to much stronger poems later on, hopefully to be viewed in a journal or other reputable outlet. Frankly, many of these are fragments or poems that were fun at first but felt lackluster to continue the editing process. “Tastes”, or “nuggets”, if you will.

I love discussion about my work or the writing of other bundle friends. Please, feel free to drop a line or any other form of sensory input that catches my attention.

You can often find me playing violent (or violently adorable) video games on my PS4 or PC, cooking up another citrus-based chicken dish with unpopular varieties of rice, or adjusting to life as a recent college graduate.

The Scholarly Introduction

My name is Jenna Kelly. I was a senior neuroscience and psychology student at Coe College. Graduating this past May, I am now entering the Neuroscience Graduate Program at the University of Iowa, particularly in rotations concerning cognitive neurology. My previous research experiences focused on psychopharmacology with a smattering of neuroengineering. Basically, I’ve learned to inject bird abdomens and apply EEG caps.

At least I got to learn a little MATLAB along the way. Yay.

However, as is the proper etiquette as an attendee of a liberal arts institution, my majors were supplemented with a creative writing minor. I worked as a poetry editor on The Coe Review for three years, an international literary magazine that publishes fiction and poetry. I’ve been writing for about a decade now, starting with my father oddly forcing me to read Poe’s The Black Cat. Since this date, I’ve accumulated over one thousand poems in my history (though their quality is never assured). My recently published pieces will appear under the “Publications” tab.

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