Jena Osman is an American poet and editor, who graduated from Brown University, and the State University of New York at Buffalo, with a Ph.D. She teaches at Temple University. Osman's work has appeared in American Letters & Commentary, Conjunctions, Hambone, Verse, and XCP: Cross-Cultural Poetics.
With Juliana Spahr, she founded and edited Chain. She has been a writing fellow at the MacDowell Colony, the Blue Mountain Center, the Djerassi Foundation, and Chateau de la Napoule. She inspired the start of Hyphen magazine.
- 2009 National Poetry Series
- 2006 Pew Fellowships
- 1998 Barnard Women Poets Prize
- National Endowment for the Arts grant
- the New York Foundation for the Arts grant
- The Pennsylvania Council on the Arts grant
- Fund for Poetry grant
- The Network. Fence Books. 2010. ISBN 978-1-934200-40-7.
- "flag of my disposition"; "hurrah for positive science", 5 Trope
- "THE PERIODIC TABLE AS ASSEMBLED BY DR. ZHIVAGO, OCULIST", Zhivago, 2002-3
- An Essay in Asterisks. Roof Books. 2004. ISBN 978-1-931824-10-1.
- The Character. Beacon Press. 1999. ISBN 978-0-8070-6848-9.
- Jury. Meow Press. 1996.
- Amblyopia. Avenue B. 1993. ISBN 978-0-939691-09-8.
- Twelve Parts of Her. Burning Deck Press. 1989. ISBN 978-1-886224-48-3.
Now we have Jena Osman’s new book, An Essay in Asterisks, which I necessarily read with a more open mind, but I do think this is a much richer book than The Character, more generous in its pleasures. Here she is again probing consciousness and politics and language in a variety of inventive ways. These tricks might be called wordplay but the end is anything but playful.
- Kathleen Ossip. "Review of Jena Osman". Verse.