Jen Lynn Bailey


Jen Lynn Bailey was born and raised in Ottawa, Ontario. She loves playing with the sounds and rhythms of words while drawing on snippets and scraps from her life thus far. Jen has measured water quality, air quality, and the quality of treads on her hiking shoes. She has focused on fish, her knitting stitch, and the hump of clay on her pottery wheel. She loves balancing equations, the keel of her kayak, and the spine of a beautiful book on her knee. 

Jen holds a Master of Fine Arts in Writing for Children and Young Adults from Vermont College of Fine Arts and has reviewed children’s books for Quill & Quire, the National Reading Campaign, and the Canadian Children’s Book Centre’s Book News. She also holds a Bachelor of Science in Integrated Science Studies from Carleton University and a Bachelor of Science in Education from Martin Luther College. Previously Jen taught science and French in an elementary school and writing and editing to college students. Now Jen works for the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada where she supports science promotion programs. Her debut picture book, This is the Boat that Ben Built, is forthcoming in March 2022 (Pajama Press; illustrated by Maggie Zeng). Jen is repped by Lori Steel.


Favorite Quote: “Keep some room in your heart for the unimaginable.” – Mary Oliver, from the poem “Evidence”

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