Jennifer Van Orman is an artist and writer from Maine. 

​She lives in Virginia and has several projects ongoing, some of which she will finish, and many that will be abandoned. 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 but understands this is unlikely, especially after she tells you that she received an undergraduate degree in Art and an MFA in Creative Writing.

In addition to The Anatomy of Melancholy, she writes a companion blog called Scope and Horror: History, Horoscope, and Heresy,
a satiric blog called Your Bitcoin BMI: How to Increase Your Resale Value, and a cartoon series called Christopher’s Motorbike.
She writes on Medium sometimes and some of her poems are published out there online, mainly in Eclectica Magazine. 

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, illuminated manuscripts, science, forgotten history, mythology, illustration, graveyards, and junk shops. She especially loves bookmaking and crinkly paper.

Surprisingly, she has only read one of the Twilight novels.


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

Favorite artists include Edward Gorey, Lotte Reiniger, Egon Schiele, Margaret Kilgallen, Edward Hopper, Joseph Cornell, Alice Neel, Jean-Michel Basquait, Larry Rivers, Ray Johnson, Jennifer Packer, Cindy Sherman, Saul Leiter, and Alex Katz. 

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The Anatomy of Melancholy

"All my griefs to this are jolly,
Naught so damn'd as melancholy.”
-Robert Burton
The Anatomy of Melancholy, 1621