Jennifer Karmin is a poet, artist, and educator who has published, performed, exhibited, taught, and experimented with language throughout the U.S. and Japan. She teaches creative writing, literature, and media literacy to immigrants in Truman College's Adult Education Program. The recipient of a Gwendolyn Brooks Teaching Award, she also works as a Poet-in- Residence for the Chicago Public Schools. Jennifer curates the Red Rover reading series and is a founding member of the public art group Anti Gravity Surprise. Her multidisciplinary projects have been presented at a number of festivals, artist-run spaces, community centers, and on city streets. Past grants and residencies include funding from the Chicago Department of Cultural Affairs, the Djerassi Program, the Joseph Kellman Family Foundation, the Poetry Center of Chicago, Rochester Community Savings Bank, and the Synapses Foundation. She earned her B.A. in the Poetics Program at the University of Buffalo and m.f.a. in the Writing Program at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago.
Jennifer performs a version of "4000 WORDS 4000 DEAD" on October 3. "4000 WORDS 4000 DEAD" is a public poem. Submissions are ongoing as the Iraq War continues and the number of dead grows. During this street performance, these words are given away to passing pedestrians. This event begins in front of the Vietnam War Memorial (at Wabash and Wacker Avenues, along the Chicago River). This event was funded in part by Poets & Writers, Inc. through a grant it has received from an anonymous donor.