Jennifer Van Orman

Not waving but drowning. Don't worry, presumably help is on the way.


Jennifer Van Orman is an artist and writer from Maine. 

She has an undergraduate degree in Art, and an MFA in Creative Writing. In addition to owning The Anatomy of Melancholy, she sometimes updates the blog called The Anatomy of Melancholy: History, Horoscope, and Heresy that she has had in various forms on different platforms since 2006. She also has cartoon series called Christopher's Motorbike and a satirical blog called Your Bitcoin BMI: Increasing Your Resale Value. Some of her poems are published out there online, mainly in Eclectica Magazine. Also she sometimes publishes all of these things on Medium and Tumblr. 
She would describe herself as eclectic in tastes and interests. Less generous descriptions might include messy, inscrutable, and a tendency towards clutter and ennui that can make it uncomfortable to share space with her. She hopes a genuine love of comedy saves her from being insufferable.  

She lives in Virginia and has several projects ongoing, some of which she will finish, and many that will be abandoned. She collects ephemera, particularly board game and trading cards, Patron Saint prayer cards, vintage hotel postcards, photographs of swimming pools and divers, star charts, fortune-telling decks, shadow boxes, maps, and all sorts of things in miniature.
She loves poetry, music, painting, mythology, illustration, graveyards, and junk shops. She especially loves bookmaking and crinkly paper. Surprisingly, she has only read one of the Twilight novels.

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