About

Jenn Thornhill Verma is a proud Newfoundlander descended from a long line of fishers. She has worked and lived in Ottawa in the non-profit healthcare sector for the past decade. Previously, she also worked as a producer/reporter in public and private radio in Newfoundland and Labrador. Jenn is a University of King’s College alumnus, holding a Bachelor of Journalism and Biology Honours (2002), having returned for a Master of Fine Arts in Creative Nonfiction (Class of 2019). She also holds a Master of Science (2007) in Medicine from Memorial University of Newfoundland. She has published and contributed to more than forty articles in her field (healthcare) and presented at national and international conferences. Recently, Jenn revisits her family’s origins in her writing, having published feature stories about the legacy of the cod fishery and her fishing roots in Maisonneuve magazine (“Letters from Pop,” spring 2018), Downhome magazine (“Abandoned Architecture as Art,” Jan 2018; and “Still Afloat,” Mar 2016), Saltscapes magazine (First person, “Eugene Maloney, boat builder extraordinaire” October 2018), Explore magazine (Captain Ed Kean, “I’se The B’y That Catches the ‘Bergs: Meet Newfoundland and Labrador’s Iceberg Cowboy,” Nov 2018) and in op-eds for The Telegram (see here, here and here, Sep, Oct, Nov 2018, respectively). Thornhill-Verma’s first book, “Saltwater Cowboys: What Happened to Newfoundlanders When the Cod Fishery Closed” will be published in fall 2019 by Nimbus Publishing (see more coverage in The Telegram). In addition to writing, Jenn is an avid landscape painter. She paints scenes of outport and coastal communities like the ones she remembers growing up. She and her husband welcomed their first child, a daughter, in Nov 2017.