Jennifer Lunden

Jennifer Lunden

Jennifer Lunden’s essay, “The Butterfly Effect,” won first prize in the Creative Nonfiction animal issue (Winter 2011), and then went on to win a Pushcart. It was also selected for the anthology True Stories, Well Told: From 20 Years of Creative Nonfiction Magazine. She told a version of “The Butterfly Effect” at Slant, the storytelling night organized by the Telling Room in Portland, Maine.

In “Exposed: The Mammogram Myth and the Pinkwashing of America,” a piece for Orion, Lunden revealed the politics behind the corporate-driven breast cancer awareness campaign. Her essay about the health impacts of industrialism was selected for the anthology Charlotte Perkins Gilman: New Texts, New Contexts. Another essay, “Endurance,” appeared in The Yale Journal for Humanities in Medicine.

Lunden’s poems have been published in Poetry Canada Review and The Café Review, and she has read them live on CBC radio. “Killing Things,” a flash fiction piece, appeared in Wigleaf. Her documentary, Sadie’s Last Day, was an official selection of the Maine International Film Festival.

In her work as a mental-health counselor, Lunden specializes in helping people break through creative blocks. Her essay about therapeutic writing, “Salvage, Salvation, Salve: Writing That Heals,” appeared in the Spring 2013 issue of Creative Nonfiction. She is the founder and executive director of the Center for Creative Healing, and was named Maine’s 2012 Social Worker of the Year.

Twice a Maine Literary Awards finalist, Lunden has presented or taught at the University of Southern Maine Stonecoast MFA in Creative Writing program, the University of New England, and the Writer’s Conference at Ocean Park. She and her husband, the artist Frank Turek, live in a little house in the city, where they keep six chickens, three cats, and one Great Dane.