Bryner was born in
and grew up
in Newton Falls, Ohio. A
practicing registered nurse, she is a graduate of
She has received writing fellowships from Bucknell
Ohio Arts Council (1997, 2007), and Vermont
books in print are Breathless,
Blind Horse: Poems,
and Tenderly Lift Me:
Nurses Honored, Celebrated and Remembered.
the support of Hiram
for Literature, Medicine and Biomedical Humanities, her nursing
poetry has been adapted for the stage and is being performed by
Cleveland, Ohio. She teaches writing workshops in schools, universities,
community centers, cancer support groups and assisted living
facilities. She lives
with her husband and daughter near a dairy farm in Newton Falls, Ohio.
Jeanne Bryner has given us perhaps her best work yet in
No Matter How Many Windows. A project that involved over six years of research and writing, this collection of four family voices is as varied and surprising as a choral motet. The stories of four women, beginning with great-grandmother Bertha White Stiles, show us how we, too, can bear the blazing joy and pain of a world full of "risk and gamble."
--- Joyce Dyer
Using saved letters, old photographs and documents, Jeanne Bryner has assembled a powerfully engaging testimonial to the courage and
endurance of her female ancestors. Mother, grandmother, great-grandmother,
their hardscrabble lives of making-do, barely in rural West Virginia and
later in housing projects of industrialized Ohio, are vibrantly presented.
Bryner's good ear for language allows us to hear the down home music of colloquial speech, and her clear eye for particulars is on target.
The "birthday card dollar," "rolling pin," "jars clanking in a canner," the
words themselves call back another time of women overcoming the odds. This is a moving and memorable book that deserves our praise.
--- Colette Inez
With a passion for naming each bruised face within four generations of women, Jeanne Bryner delivers in this impressive volume a poignant
examination of a family caught in the hard-scrabble poverty of Appalachia.
Her dependably deft use of imagery and finely paced storytelling create poems to which readers will return for sustenance and probing insights
into both horrors and delights of being family.
--- Marc Harshman