ANDREA JENKINS is a poet, writer, and multimedia visual and performance artist. She is a resident of Minneapolis and has been a part of the local poetry community for several years, earning awards, fellowships and commissions during that time. She is a Senior Policy Aide to 8th Ward City Council Member Elizabeth Glidden and serves on the boards of OutFront Minnesota, Forecast Public Art, and SMARTS. She has one beautiful daughter, Nia, and an equally beautiful granddaughter, Aniyah. Andrea co-curates Intermedia Arts' Queer Voices Reading Series with John Medeiros.
In 2010, Andrea was selected to be a Naked Stages Fellow, supported by the Jerome Foundation, to produce a one-woman show loosely based on her manuscript Black Pearl. She was also a 2010 Intermedia Arts VERVE grant recipient for spoken word poetry. A Chicago native and art appreciator, Andrea uses language to connect people and communities, and to empower Black and Transgender individuals across the world.