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Regis Junior tapped for Greater Boston Intercollegiate Poetry Festival

March 2, 2009

English major and poet Jennifer E. LeBlanc to represent Regis

Jennifer E. LeBlanc has been writing poetry since she was 16 years old. Today, inspired by women Renaissance poets, she self-publishes packets of her poems. On April 21, she will represent Regis College at the Greater Boston Intercollegiate Poetry Festival, to be held at Boston College.

“Professor Pat Elliott and I selected Jenn to represent Regis because of her dedication to her craft and her service to fostering creative writing at Regis,” said Assistant Professor Julia Lisella of the English Department.

According to Professor Lisella, Jennifer has grown exponentially since the Poetry Workshop she took as a Regis freshman. Jenn will have a chapbook (a small book of poetry) published by Somerville-based Cervena Barva Press this spring. For three years she has also served as the Editor in Chief of Hemetera, the Regis Literary Magazine, and, said Lisella, has provided great leadership.

LeBlanc’s poetry is inspired by her observations of the world, her personal feelings and emotions, and what she reads in great literature. She is “listening to the occasional/piano key or clarinet note/warble or squeak,” as she remarks in a poem called “Singing Goodbye.”

In addition to her poetry, she has written a series of dramatic monologues of women from Chaucer and Shakespeare. She is taking education courses at Regis and aspires to teach English at the high school level.

LeBlanc credits high school mentor Sean McHugh of The Education Cooperative in Newton with initiating her interest in poetry. “I got myself a notebook and started writing,” she explained. “Since then, poetry has been my love.”

At Regis, said LeBlanc, “Doctor Elliott and Dr. Lisella helped me in taking my voice to a new level and speak to an actual audience.”

The Festival invites Boston area undergraduate English and Creative Writing programs to select one promising poet from each school to represent it at this one-evening festival. There is usually a keynote lecture by a prominent Boston poet and teacher and then each student has the opportunity to read two of their poems to the audience. LeBlanc will read “Conversation” and “Dedication.” One of each student’s poems will be published in a beautiful chapbook distributed at the event. Each student is accompanied by his or her advisor/poetry teacher,and all poets are encouraged to invite their friends, families, and peers from their colleges.

LeBlanc concedes that she sees more people today involved in sports and video games, but, she observes, “Once you find people who share your interest, it opens up a whole world to you.”

Greater Boston Intercollegiate Poetry Festival
Date: April 21, 2009
Time: 7:30 p.m.
Place: Murray Function Room in the Yawkey Athletic Center, Boston College
Admission: Free and Open to the Public


Regis College is a Catholic co-educational community that prepares undergraduate, graduate and continuing education students for engagement and service in a changing world. Approximately 1,600 students are enrolled in 24 undergraduate majors, graduate degree programs in education, communication, leadership and service, health product regulation, public administration and nursing, and a doctorate in nursing practice. U.S. News and World Report ranks Regis in the top tier of universities with master’s programs in the North. The National Survey of Student Engagement (NSSE) lists Regis among benchmarking colleges for the quality of educational experience.

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