jennifer barone

Jennifer founded the WordParty with friends in the early ‘90‘s while hosting poetry parties in her living room in Brooklyn, NY. Due to an overwhelming crowd and a few knocks on the door by the local police, she eventually had to branch out to local venues (Click on the “About Us” link for the whole story). She now resides in San Francisco as the host of the WordParty along with Ingrid Keir, Daniel Heffez and Nova Jazz.


Jennifer is known to collaborate with local artists combining poetry, fine art and jazz in her performances and publications. She has been a featured poet at venues such as The Red Poppy Art House, The Beat Museum, SF MoMa, DeYoung, Randall Museum and many local poetry readings. She was a winner of the 2007 Poets Eleven city-wide contest selected by Jack Hirschman, former SF Poet Laureate / SF Public Library.


She is the author of two collections of poetry, Simple Language, 2003 and Secret City, 2007 - a bi-coastal collaboration with her father's original artwork in response to her poems. She is currently working on a new poetry collection about Italian food and love.


Jennifer has been published in:
Sparring with Beatnik Ghosts, Anthology Volume 2 - Issue 1, 2011
OutofOur Literary Magazine, 2010 - 2011
A Continent of Light, Volume 1, 2011

sPARKLE & bLINK, Quiet Lightning Review, issue #8 2010

Sparring with Beatnik Ghosts, Literary Magazine, 2009

The Haight Ashbury Literary Journal - Featured Poet, 2008

The SF City Star - Featured Poet, Poet's Corner, Nov. 30th 2007

Poets Eleven Anthology, SF Public Library 2007

The 16th and Mission Street Review, SF 2006

The Haight Ashbury Beat, San Francisco 2006

Words SVA Poetry Journal, New York City 1996


Poetry and Art Exhibition Highlights:
"Beautiful Trash” Adrian Arias, De Young, San Francisco, CA 2008

"Pasion por Frida" SF MoMa, San Francisco, CA 2008

“Visual Voices” ARTworkSF, San Francisco, CA 2007

Live Worms Gallery, San Francisco, CA 2003

“Alt. Media Youth Culture” New Museum of Contemporary Art, NYC

“New Works” The Poet's House, New York City, NY

books by jennifer:

• Saporoso - poems of Italian Food & Love

• Secret City, with her father Edward Barone's original artwork.

• Simple Language



online videos:
OutofOur Release Party w/ Nova Jazz
Venice - short film by Jennifer
Killing an Octopus - Microscopic Giant
Pablo Neruda’s Bday Red Poppy Art House
LitQuake Quiet Lightening XI
Exit - Short Film by Jennifer
Dynamite Dames @ Cara Vida’s
Poem Dome 2010 - SF City Hall
Kaleidescope SF 1
Kaleidescope SF 2
Word Party - Thelonious