Jenifer DeBellis

Dryden, United States

Freelancer Jenifer DeBellis is Pink Panther Magazine’s editor and an English instructor for SVSU and MCC.

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Metro Detroit Freelance Writer Jenifer DeBellis is a tireless spirit who strives to uncover humanity’s heartbeat through poetry & prose. Her vision is to leave a legacy of words that will imprint a pathway for future generations. JDB is Pink Panther Magazine’s executive editor and director for the Detroit Writers’ Guild. She earned her MFA in Creative Writing from Solstice of Pine Manor College. A former writer-in-residence for the Meadow Brook Writing Project, she facilitates workshops for Oakland University’s MBWP Writing Camps. She teaches writing and literature​ for Saginaw Valley State University and Macomb Community College. When she’s not editing or writing for others, she sneaks in time for her own craft, which appears in the Aurorean, AWP’s Festival Writer, the Good Men Project, Literary Orphans, Sliver of Stone, Solstice Literary Magazine, and other fine journals.
There’s a fire to feed, and only words will quench its thirst. The fire’s in us all; it burns at the pit of our souls—longing to play with the wonderful puzzle of a good poem. I find words in everything and I breathe life into them. Even the dirt has words: words that have fallen onto it, words that have been carved into it, words that have been swept away with the autumn wind. While others sleep I walk the shores of the spirit and collect the lost words that must be fashioned into poetry.

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Check out PPM, Volume 8, Number 2.

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  • Joined: February 2010


Blood Sisters Press Release and Author Blurb

TAKE ADVANTAGE OF LIMITED TIME ADVANCE SALES! / ABOUT BLOOD SISTERS / The characters and stories within Blood Sisters hold a familiarity that is as resonant as that song you once heard—the one you remember the melody to and have been searching for ever since. These lyrical coming-of-age narratives follow the girl next door through move after move, new school after new school. In her quest to find…
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Blood Sisters Advance Sales

My debut memoir in verse, Blood Sisters, is now available for Advance Sale on the MSR Online Bookstore. The cover price at time of release will be $14. Secure your pre-order copy today at the discounted rate during this Advance Sale period. Take advantage of one of two ways: / 1. Order online through MSR Sale Page for $8 + sales tax (NC residents) + shipping. / 2. Order via mail for $12 to pay …
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Pink Panther Magazine, Issue 24--8 March 2016

Happy International Women’s Day! It always gives Team Panther great pleasure to release each year’s first semi-annual edition on International Women’s Day. We hope you enjoy the fabulous art and writing that grace the forty-eight pages of Issue 24. / Issue 24 is filled with art and writing inspired by the female experience. Help us celebrate the featured artists and writers, inc…
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Pink Panther Magazine, Issue 23--8 Sept 2015

PINK PANTHER MAGAZINE, ISSUE 23 is officially available for view and purchase at / Inside this issue you’ll find art and writing that join the ongoing conversation about what’s important to women around the globe. Issue 23 brings you highlights from TRIFECTA—a Jonathan LeVine Gallery curated by Yasha Young—that featured works by internation…
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PPM, Issue 25—8 September 2016 Release

It’s here! It’s here! The latest issue of Pink Panther Magazine is out today. / Join our celebration of art and writing inspir…

Sunrise, September 5th

In the stillness of each morning, the blue / Heron has first pick / Of fish or frog. Today, four / Storks storm the marsh. / Between cattai…

Eyes of Verdigris

They were color coded, those eyes, / a curious kaleidoscope, / like the oceans. / Not the postcard version, / but the agitated /  &n…

Turning Dust

Endless      shush      roars      on / Barefoot run    &nbs…

Recurring Theme, Discovered

It is effortless to fall / in love with some people—they fit / within the contours that mold / you just as the sides of a drawn heart / m…

Window Seat

Pocket Notebook, Entry 1 / Window Seat / The city breathes through a flicker / of clouds, sighing Welcome home. / And I, with my temple pre…

The Things We Buried

Remember when we were young and days seemed longer than our list of problems? How, come morning, we’d disappear into the woods behind your …

Peep Show, a Tango

. . . she probably thinks this poem is about her

She was quick to anger, always / tearing down the things / within reach, pulling down / walls that took weeks, / months, even years to er…

When September Comes

I want to draw a rainbow / in the evening sky / with the letters of your / name. I want to paint / our front door / purple because / the…

Where I’m From [reworked edition]

I am from the reddest unripened apple, / one part mystery, one part innocence lost. / From the cobwebs in dark corners / to the dust bunnie…

False Prophetess

Her filtered words flowed freely from her keys / like streams of water gracing ancient ground. / A practiced tease, she flattered in degre…
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