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UC professor’s first novel to be published


Nancy Jensen

WILLIAMSBURG, Ky. – Nancy Jensen, an associate professor of English at University of the Cumberlands, is to have first novel titled, “The Sisters,” published by St. Martin's Press.

Jensen’s novel follows three generations of sisters in a single family. The novel spans 80 years, from 1927 to 2007. Jensen, who has previously written short stories and essays states, “It was a joy to write my first novel. I really wanted to see if I could do it. To be able to return to this novel, to a single idea was a true thrill for me. I feel fortunate to have my novel published with St. Martin's Press. Publishing is harder than ever.” Jensen’s novel, for which she has won an Artist Enrichment Grant from the Kentucky Foundation for Women and an Al Smith Fellowship from the Kentucky Arts Council, will be published in spring 2011.

Jensen is a graduate of the MFA in Writing Program at Vermont College whose short stories and essays have appeared in numerous literary journals, including: Northwest Review, Other Voices, Under the Sun, ACM: Another Chicago Magazine, and The Louisville Review.

A member of the UC faculty since 1994, Jensen supervises the student-produced literary and arts journal “Pensworth.” In support of the undergraduate creative writing program, she has developed an intensive mentoring model for teaching courses in fiction, poetry and creative nonfiction. Since the program’s inception in 2002, several of her students have published in national literary journals and have been accepted into graduate writing programs.