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. 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), now returning for a Master of Fine Arts in Creative Nonfiction (Class of 2019). She 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). 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) and Downhome magazine (“Abandoned Architecture as Art,” January 2018; and “Still Afloat,” March 2016). Her first book, “Saltwater Cowboys: What Happened to Newfoundlanders When the Cod Fishery Closed” will be published in fall 2019 by Nimbus Publishing. 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 November 2017.