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 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 (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), presents at national and international conferences and guest lectures for graduate-level programs. Recently, Jenn revisits her family’s fishing roots in her writing, having published feature stories about the legacy of the cod fishery collapse in Maisonneuve, Downhome, Saltscapes, Explore, Newfoundland Quarterly and The Telegram. In 2019, she was named a finalist for a National Magazine Award (category: Best New Magazine Writer) and a silver finalist for an Atlantic Journalism Award (category: Best Profile). Thornhill-Verma’s first book, “Cod Collapse: The Rise and Fall of Newfoundland’s Saltwater Cowboys” will be published in fall 2019 by Nimbus Publishing (see coverage at the University of King’s College and more coverage in The Telegram, on CBC NL radio’s The Broadcast – runs 12:57-21:37 – and VOCM’s Sunday Drive – runs 16.33-27.22). In addition to writing, Jenn is a landscape painter with featured works in galleries in Corner Brook, NL and Ottawa, ON. She paints scenes of outport and coastal communities like the ones she remembers growing up.

For a list of Jenn Thornhill Verma’s published works, visit her portfolio.