About

Jenn Thornhill Verma is a proud Newfoundlander descended from a long line of fishers. She has worked 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. Jenn is a University of King’s College alumnus, holding a Bachelor of Journalism Honours (2002), now returning for a Master of Fine Arts in Creative Nonfiction (Class of 2019). She holds a Master of Science (2007) in Applied Health Services Research from Memorial University of Newfoundland. She has published and contributed to more than 40 articles in her field and was the writer-editor of the CFHI Mythbusters series, debunking popularly held beliefs in healthcare in Canada with the best-available evidence. Her writing aims to capture narrative relying on real-life facts and experiences. Most recently, Jenn has started to return to her roots in her writing, In 2016, she published stories in Downhome Magazine about the legacy of her paternal grandfather, a fisherman; and renown Canadian landscape painter, Gordon Harrison, who recounted his visit to Newfoundland through the end of his paintbrush. Jenn enjoys landscape painting, particularly scenes of outport and coastal communities like the ones she remembers growing up. She and her husband are avid travellers and welcomed their firstborn (daughter Navya Amelia) in November 2017.