Andrea Jenkins

Active in the local, national and international arts scene, Andrea will pose the question: How do we center on our most marginalized people to see a new, more sympathetic society?

Andrea Jenkins, educator, poet, artist, and activist, works as the Oral Historian for Transgender Oral History Project for the University of Minnesota. She is the author of three books of poetry, including her latest title, “The T is Not Silent: New and Selected”, Purple Lioness Productions, 2015. Fellowships and awards include: a Bush Fellowship, the Many Voices Fellowship at the Playwrights’ Center, The Cultural Community Leadership Institute Fellowship through Intermedia Arts and a Givens Foundation Fellowship for Black Writers. Her work has been collected in several anthologies including “A Good Time for the Truth: Race in Minnesota” MHSP, 2016, and “Blues Vision: African American Writing in Minnesota,” MHSP, 2016. In 2015, Andrea was named Grand Marshall of the Twin Cities Pride Parade.

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