Jennie Durant holds an M.F.A. in Writing from Saint Mary’s College of California and specializes in both fiction and nonfiction. Jennie has taught literature, creative writing, and composition in universities such as U.C. Berkeley in California; Metropolitan State University in Denver, Colorado; Suleyman Demirel University in Isparta, Turkey; and Saint Mary’s College of California.

A California native, Jennie has lived and traveled around the world, hiking 1000 miles of the Pacific Crest trail, raising bees, and volunteering on an organic farm in the Philippines. In 2007, she returned to the Philippines for a fourth time to live in the rice terraces as a Fulbright scholar and work on a nonfiction travel narrative. In 2008, Jennie appeared in Oprah Magazine as one of 80 “Women Rule!” participants for her work on honeybees. She was also chosen as one of Saint Mary’s College’s 40 most influential female graduates and Nerd Scholar’s 40 under 40 professors who inspire.

In December 2010, Jennie returned from living abroad in Turkey and Italy. She now teaches food writing at Saint Mary’s College and is a PhD candidate studying sustainable food systems and honeybee declines at U.C. Berkeley.

You can contact her at jenniedurant [at] gmail [dot] com.

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