Kinzy Janssen

Kinzy Janssen is a 2014/2015 winner of the Loft Literary Center’s Mentor Series in creative nonfiction. Her poems and essays have been published by JMWW, Innisfree Poetry Journal, and the Wisconsin Academy of Sciences, Arts and Letters. A serial Midwesterner, Kinzy grew up in Wisconsin, earned an English degree from the University of Iowa, and now serves as Associate Editor of The Riveter in Minnesota.



Here at Dawn’s, the women exhume their jewelry, exposing it in the bright light for repairs. As they reach deep into purses and pull out wrinkled Ziploc bags, I brace for the explanations and apologies, the self-scoldings: “This is cheap. This is outdated. This is silly,” they say. “I’m sorry you have to touch it. […]