Jennifer is the Founding Director of Exiled Writers Ink, established in 2000 to bring together migrant and refugee writers. Through literary activism, EWI works to promote creative expression and cross-cultural dialogue while highlighting human rights abuses.
A long-time writer of poetry for herself, Jennifer’s debut poetry collection is The Search (Victorina, 2021). She is editor of four anthologies of exiled literature: The Bend in the Road: Refugees Writing (1997), Crossing the Border: Exiled Women’s Writing (2002), The Silver Throat of the Moon: Writing in Exile (2005) and If Salt Has Memory: Contemporary Jewish Exiled Writing (2008). She has also written numerous articles on aspects of the literature of exile as well as presenting papers both in the UK and overseas, ranging from Casablanca to Gothenburg.
Jennifer is a Research Associate at the School of Oriental and African Studies having previously worked in education in inner London. She holds a SOAS PhD, in cultural memory and the literature of exile appertaining to exiled Iranian Jewish women writers, and an MA in Cultural Memory from the School of Advanced Studies, University of London.
Jennifer is herself the daughter of refugees, both the sole survivors of their respective families, who escaped from Nazi Germany and who met in England.
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