Hello! My name is Jen. I write poems, stories and journalistic articles. My first book will be released in 2017. Currently, I study Political Science in Innsbruck, Austria.
After my school graduation, I lived in the Namibian township Katutura and volunteered for a women’s rights organization. I survived a total car crash in Southern Africa and healed my wounds with the help of my friends, music and writing.
Afterwards, I lived three years in Berlin and organized events with many inspiring, creative people who encouraged me to pursue my dreams. I love to explore the world and to write stories about my life on the road. I conducted a photography project about the Bangladeshi community in Brick Lane, London, and my first novel will be based on my time as a travel writer in Singapore.
Travelling is my passion. I visited the Taj Mahal in India and the Victoria Falls in Zambia, I rode on a motorcycle through the monsoon rain in Ho Chi Minh City, crossed the Okavanga Delta on a mokoro, visited the Beatles ashram in the yoga capital Rishikesh and attended a sound meditation in Bali.
My favourite artists are the writers Novalis, Hermann Hesse, Kate Tempest, Khalil Gibran and Banana Yoshimoto, the painter Frida Kahlo, the filmmakers Iara Lee and Naomi Kawase and the musicians Eddie Vedder, Poly Styrene, the Beatles, Angus & Julia Stone, and many musicians from the 1930s jazz scene and 1970s flower power time.
My academic work is influenced by Gayatri Spivak, Edward Said, Chandra Mohanty, Hannah Arendt, Christine Sylvester, Leila Ahmed, Judith Butler, Vandana Shiva, and Iris Marion Young.