Jennifer Factor

Jennifer FactorPhD - Fourth Year

MA, Brandeis University
BA, Harvard College
MFA, Bennington College

Research Interests

Literary artifacts and media, gender and language, sex and sexuality, contemporary poetry, 17th and 18th centuries.


ENG 14a, Media Stories: Circulating Love, Hate, Revolution (Fall 2021) 

Conferences & Presentations

One Mighty Sepulchre: Scales of Death in Literature, Environment, and Culture Principle Member of a Small Organizing Committee, English and Interdisciplinary Humanities Graduate Conference March 2020, delayed, forthcoming. 

“Not a Love Letter: modeling creative collaboration in Virginia Woolf and Vita Sackville-West’s Orlando,” Second Year Symposium, Brandeis, 2019. 

“Phillis Wheatley and Peripheral Liberty,” CUNY Graduate Conference on Peripheral Matters, City University New York, 2017. 

"The Sentence and the Line: A Journey Meaning Makes," Association of Writers and Writing Programs Conference, AWP, Seattle, March 2015

"Great Difficult Poets," Association of Writers and Writing Programs Conference, AWP, New York, January 2008


“Introduction,”Touching Creatures, Touching Spirit: Living in a Sentient World,by Judy Grahn, Red Hen Press,forthcoming in 2021.

“Alicia Ostriker, World-Builder:The Imaginary Lover, Green Age,and other points of fusion with William Blake,”Every Woman Her Own Theology: On the Poetry of Alicia Ostriker,Martha Nell Smith and Julie Enszer (eds), University of Michigan Press, 2018. 

“Inhabiting: Learning Spaciousness and Architecture from the Poetry of Jane Cooper,”Essays on Jane Cooper,Martha Collins and Celia Bland (eds), University of Michigan Press, 2019. 

“That Gift. This Burning.” (a tribute to Adrienne Rich)Sinister Wisdom, Julie Enszer (ed), 2012.Selected as the one essay from the festschrift to be translated into Italian 

Working Groups

Lyric Studies Reading Group.Brandeis University, 2018-2020. 

German Romanticism.Brandeis University, 2017-2018. 

Forgotten Women Poets of the 1940’s,West Chester University, by invitation only, 2004. 


Shirle Dorothy Robbins Writing Fellowship

Lambda Literary Award in Poetry, Finalist

Summa Cum Laude

Phi Beta Kappa

Creative Publications

Want, the Lake, Red Hen Press, 2021, forthcoming 

Unraveling at the Name. Copper Canyon Press, 2002

Poems have appeared in the Prairie Schooner, Poetry 180, Paris Review, Ploughshares, Shenandoah, and more.

Courses Taught And Assisted

English 85: Poetry Writing, Lecturer in Poetry at Caltech, 2018-present
Humanities 75: Intro to Reading and Writing Poetry, Lecturer in Poetry, Caltech, Spring 2017
CRW 530: Graduate Advising, Poetry Manuscripts, Core Faculty in Poetry, Antioch University Los Angeles, 2006-2017
CRW 560: Lecture and Workshop in the Art of Poetry, Core Faculty in Poetry, Antioch University Los Angeles, 2006-2018
Eng 61B: Philosophical Approaches to Film Theory (TA), Fall 2019, William Flesch
Eng 27B: Classic Hollywood Cinema (TA), Fall 2019, Paul Morrisson

Favorite Work

James Baldwin, “Tell Me How Long the Train’s Been Gone”

Marilyn Hacker, “Love, Death, and the Changing of the Seasons”

Adrienne Rich, “Some Notes on Lying”

Phillis Wheatley, Collected Works