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Jeanine Hayward

Born in Los Angeles in the summer of ‘65, poet, author and screenwriter Jeanine Hayward is a graduate of California State University, Long Beach. She also studied Advanced Poetry and Screenwriting at Charles University, Prague, Czech Republic.

Published in the Rip Rap poetry series, Ms. Hayward is the author of several poetry books: Where Wills Collide; More than Home; The Asking; Asters in the Fall. Jeanine, (formerly Jeanine Jarrell) was included in the historic event, “The Big Picture” sponsored by Beyond Baroque of Venice Beach, California and featured in the Los Angeles Times recognizing California’s distinguished poets. She has been mentioned in The Orange County Register; OC Weekly; The Chicago Tribune; The Daily Pilot; Rip Rap; Poetix; Next Magazine; and was honored to be Moontide Press’s Poet of the Month, May 2011; as well as the final headlining poet at Southern California’s venue for Beat poetry, Fahrenheit 451 in Laguna Beach, CA.

She served as a film critic/essayist for the film Apocalypse Now Redux featured in the Film Festival at the Los Angeles Director’s Guild. She recently completed an original screenplay entitled Defining Grace, as well as comedic TV episodes The Art of Distraction & No Free Lunch. She is currently working on two original feature films, Le Cadeau and Something Blue; a TV pilot, Revolving Door; a novel, The Bridal Chamber; a stage play, Through the Seam; and a series of children’s books, One Magnificent Kite, the Adventures of Sophie & Lollie.

Jeanine serves as Educational Advisor to The AiLing Hua Foundation, an orphanage in China. She is a member of the Society of Children’s Book Writers & Illustrators, and is the author of HouseofJenesaisquoi.com blog. Ms. Hayward has been featured in many poetry venues; she hosts a monthly salon series, “Starlight Evening for the Arts” in her home; and has dedicated her time to the Arts by teaching gratis poetry workshops to children and adults for years.

Jeanine is the mother of four children and resides in San Francisco.