FOUNDER & EDITOR-IN-CHIEF
Jennifer A. Minotti
Founder & Editor-in-Chief
Jennifer A. Minotti (she/her/hers) is a Writer-in-Residence at the Center for Women's Health and Human Rights at Suffolk University, where she facilitates Women's Writing Circles as a means to merge her passions for expressive writing, positive psychology, community organizing, women’s health, and social activism.
In 2020, Jen founded the Journal of Expressive Writing in order to provide a place for sharing expressive writing, believing that we need this space on a fundamental, human level and that whatever we are feeling is a link to what others are feeling across the planet at any given moment.
For the past 25 years, Jen has dedicated her professional life toward working for the betterment of society. For 17 years, Jen worked at Education Development Center (EDC)—a global non-profit working to improve education, health, and economic opportunities worldwide—in a variety of technology, research, writing, and leadership roles for projects that focused on health and human development, special education, online professional development, literacy, bullying-prevention, urban education, science, assistive technology, and inclusive schooling practices.
Jen is a graduate of Boston University (B.S.) and Columbia University (M.A., M.Ed). She is a Certified Journal to the Self (JTTS) Instructor and holds certificates in Wholebeing Positive Psychology, Transformative Language Arts Foundations, Distance Education, and Herbal Studies. She is also passionate about spreading gratitude. She co-created The World's Very First Gratitude Parade, helped establish Gratitude Day in the City of Cambridge, MA, and regularly spreads gratitude through her Gratitude Jar project. Jen currently serves on the Boards of the Transformative Language Arts Network (TLAN) and Mass Poetry.
Her writing and poetry is published widely in numerous refereed journals, literary publications, and anthologies.
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OPEN MIC PRODUCER & HOST
Open Mic Producer & Host
Kelly DuMar (she/her/hers) is a Boston based poet, playwright, and daily blogger who has been a leader of creative writing organizations—in person and online—for 30 years. Kelly’s passion for personal development and writing as a practice of art and healing, grow from her love of literature and drive to help all individuals embrace a creative practice as a foundation for a meaningful life. Her philosophy about teaching and coaching is simple: Your stories are not only meaningful, they are beautiful, and they deserve to be written, crafted and shared.
Kelly has published three poetry chapbooks, girl in tree bark, Tree of the Apple, and All These Cures, and her poems and photos are published in Bellevue Literary Review, Tupelo Quarterly, Tiferet, and more. Her plays are published by dramatic publishers, including Youth Plays and she is author of a nonfiction parenting book, Before You Forget–The Wisdom of Writing Diaries for Your Children.
Kelly has been active for over two decades in promoting the voices and stories of women writers on stage. She founded and produced the Our Voices Festival of Boston Area Women Playwrights, held at Wellesley College, for twelve years. As a leader on the Board of the International Women’s Writing Guild, Kelly produced the annual IWWG Boston Writing Retreat, the week-long summer Play Lab, and created the bi-monthly IWWG Open Mic feature online. A former psychotherapist, Kelly is a Fellow in the American Society of Group Psychotherapy & Psychodrama, and she is a certified psychodramatist. Kelly also leads expressive writing workshops online for the Transformative Language Arts Network where she has served on the leadership council. Kelly’s daily blog, #NewThisDay, features nature photos from her daily walks on the Charles River with reflections on her writing life for the past six years. Her website it kellydumar.com