Jennifer Perrine earned a BA in religion, culture, and the creative arts from Susquehanna University in 2000, an MA in English from Bucknell University in 2002, and a PhD in English from Florida State University in 2006.
Perrine is the author of four collections of poetry: Again (Airlie Press, 2020); No Confession, No Mass (University of Nebraska Press, 2015), which received the Prairie Schooner Book Prize in Poetry, the Bisexual Book Award for Poetry, and the Publishing Triangle Audre Lorde Award; In the Human Zoo (University of Utah Press, 2011), winner of the Agha Shahid Ali Poetry Prize; and The Body is No Machine (New Issues Poetry and Prose, 2007), which was selected as the winner of the Devil’s Kitchen Reading Award in Poetry. They have also contributed work to numerous anthologies, including Political Punch: The Poetics of Identity (Sundress Publications, 2016), edited by Fox Frazier-Foley and Erin Elizabeth Smith.
Perrine has won various literary prizes and fellowships, including those from the Vermont Studio Center, U.S. Poets in Mexico, Writers at Work, and the Fine Arts Work Center. In 2019, they won the Oregon Poetry Community Fellowship.
Perrine has taught at Luzerne County Community College, Florida State University, and Drake University. In addition to writing, they currently co-host Incite: Queer Writers Read, as well as teaching writing classes to high school students, people who are incarcerated, military veterans and their families, LGBTQIA+ affinity groups, health care workers, and general audiences.
Perrine currently lives in Portland, Oregon.