Jennifer Bartlett was born in the San Francisco Bay Area. She received a BA from the University of New Mexico and an MFA from Vermont College.
Bartlett is the author of Autobiography/Anti-Autobiography (theenk Books, 2014); lullaby without any music (Chax Press, 2012); and Derivative of the Moving Image (University of New Mexico Press, 2007). With Sheila Black and Michael Northen, she coedited Beauty Is a Verb: The New Poetry of Disability (Cinco Puntos Press, 2011). Of her work, Nathaniel Tarn writes,
Jennifer Bartlett has created not a new form of surrealism, nor of magical realism, but a kind of supernal realism which leaves room for dreams, visions, and angels as well as the panoplies of both country and urban life.
Bartlett has received fellowships from the New York Foundation for the Arts
and the University of Connecticut, among other institutions.
In 2017, Bartlett cofounded Zoeglossia, a literary organization pioneering an inclusive space for poets with disabilities. She lives in Brooklyn, New York.