Hi, I'm Jen!

I'm a poet and writer -

I play with words to help make the world brighter!


J is for JITTERBUG's

my very first book.

Let's read it together, 

click here for a look!


Read something funny,

spark something new:

check out some poems

I wrote just for you!


Poetry, books,

cursive camp too!

Let's get together,

there's lots we can do!

Picture Jen Laffler, Author and Poet


Jen Laffler is an award-winning poet, author, and educator who firmly believes that there’s genius in every one of us.  Her children’s book J is for Jitterbug: A Fanciful Animal Alphabet, illustrated by Tony Perrin, was published in 2016.  Jen has published more than a dozen poems in journals, magazines, and anthologies. Her poem The Matzoh Ball was adapted into a short play for Straight from The Page, the 6th Annual 5 Minute Play Festival, in 2019; she performed Bring on the Brainstorm, her tribute to student-activists, at the 2018 March For Our Lives Rally in Encinitas, CA.  Jen’s latest project, Where Did All the Towels Go?,  is an illustrated collection of family-friendly, kid-inspired poems. In March 2021, she was awarded a prestigious Poetry Fellowship from the Martha’s Vineyard Institute of Creative Writing for her poem The Night Shark.

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