Andrea Jenkins, M.A., M.F.A.


1.For people who don’t already know you, please share a little about yourself, your work, and/or your activism.

Andrea Jenkins is an Award winning poet and writer. Most recently was awarded a Bush Fellowship and a Fellowship in the Cultural Community Leadership Institute at Intermedia Arts and sponsored by the Bush Foundation and named a fellow in the Many Voices Fellowship at the Playwrights Center. Last year she won the Verve Grant for Spoken Artist at Intermedia Arts and the Naked Stages Grant for Emerging Performance Artist at Pillsbury House Theatre. She is a Givens Foundation Fellow working Amiri Baraka and J. Otis Powell! She has won the Loft Mentor Series in 2002 and the Napa Valley Writers Conference scholarship in 2003.

Andrea earned her Masters of Science, Community Economic Development –Southern New Hampshire University, Manchester, New Hampshire, a Certificate, University of St. Thomas, Community Leadership Institute, and Bachelors of Science, Human Services / Interpersonal Communications – Metropolitan State University and has a MFA in Creative Writing from Hamline University.

She has performed with The Outward Spiral, Mama Mosaic and many others. Andrea has self-published two chapbooks of poems called “tributaries: poems celebrating black history, “Pieces of a Scream: New and Selected Poems”, and a full book of poetry called “The “T” is NOT Silent”. She currently is co-curator of the Queer Voices Reading Series at Intermedia Arts. She has been published in several anthologies including, “Gender Outlaws Two: The Next Generation”, “When We Become Weavers: Queer Female Poets on the Midwestern Experience” edited by, Kate Lynn Hibbard and “The Naked I: Wide Open” and “The Naked I: Inside Out”, edited by 20% Theater and most recently in “Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, and Transgender Civil Rights: A Public Policy Agenda for Uniting a Divided America” edited by Dr. Wallace Swan.

Andrea works as Oral Historian for the Transgender Oral History Project, for the Tretter Collection at the University of Minnesota.


2. Many things shape who we are. What is one person or event or experience that has empowered you?

One person that has significantly impacted me is my deceased friend Micky Jackson. Micky was Trans identified, Native and African American woman, who died from complications of HIV/AIDS. Micky was so much fun and really didn’t care if folks knew that she was Trans, however she was beautiful so no one really ever wondered. She was my mentor even though I was probably 10 years older than her. I know she had a crush on me, but we never did anything, because I wanted to be just like her. Micky taught me how to apply make, how to shop for outfits, she could turn long skirt into a dress or a t-shirt into a headband.  I love her to this day and I wrote a poem in her honor.


Darling Mikki

before the morphine kicked in before the commute was two and a half hours and pneumonia was a

semi-annual calamity.


all the way back

before you made all the

men horny, before they figured out that you were a top, and liked being in control.


before the leaves turned red and gold on the tree that was your life,

before lonely was attached to your soul anchoring you to your bed.

before the sores took over your body and your face and pain was your constant companion,

before you cut off all of your friends who loved you. you were a star and everyone knew it

but you.


3. What is a piece of Black Trans History that you want to make sure others know about and don’t forget? (person, event, cultural development, trend, ___?)

Miss Major! See the movie


How to connect and learn more about Andrea Jenkins:

Andrea Jenkins, M.A., M.F.A, Poet, Artist, Activist, Historian

Minneapolis, MN

Email: purplelionesspoet [at] gmail [dot] com, shesgotgame1 [at] gmail [dot] com

Twitter: @annapoetic


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