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About the Artist

Self Portrait as a Thistle in the Rain
Jinn Bug

Jinn Bug is a poet, photographer, gardener, activist, visual artist and life-long dreamer. She was born in Baltimore, Maryland where she spent her childhood memorizing poems, sticking her nose in a succession of books and trying to figure out the difference between lying and fiction. She rambled her way first to Louisville, Kentucky and then across the mighty Ohio River to historic Clarksville, Indiana—a home-base for continued adventuring with her beloved poet-sweetheart Ron Whitehead and their four cats, one dear old dog and three moody hounds. Her photography, vignettes and poems have appeared in Appalachian Heritage, New Southerner, LEO Weekly, Fiolet & Wing--An Anthology of Domestic Fabulism, Aquillrelle, For Sale, Pure Uncut Candy, The Rooted Reader and other print and virtual publications.  When she grows up, she hopes to have silver hair, an even temper and kindness as her first response in every situation. Until then, she will look to nature and her friends to moderate her red-headed ebbs and surges and encourage her to keep singing her songs to the infinite web of fractaled connection.

Selected Visual Art Exhibits and Awards
Jinn Bug door Mayor Greg Fischer Congressman John Yarmuth Poet Ron Whitehead Fourth Street Live Alley Gallery Lousvill








  • Photography judge for Literary LEO



  • Literary LEO, 1st place black & white photography (“Iconoclast”), honorable mention black & white photography (“We Are Homebodies”), honorable mention color photography (“Self-Portrait as Lachesis”)

  • American Meadows Wildflower Photography Contest Grand Prize (“Cosmos & Zinnia”)





  • PRESERVATION LOUISVILLE: 2013 Louisville Photo Biennial / Preservation Louisville exhibit and 2014 Preservation Louisville calendar (image of 811 E Market St)

  • Independent press photographer for His Holiness the 14th Dalai Lama’s visit to Louisville, Kentucky

  • Independent press photographer for Leonard Cohen’s concert at The Palace in Louisville, Kentucky

  • Time Is on Our Side exhibit (“Her Face Is Always Full (nine views of the moon)”)



  • COOK CREATIVE: Love and Magic exhibit (“Once Upon a Time”)

  • Preservation Kentucky show at St. Andrews Episcopal Church, Preserving Our Kentucky Heritage exhibit (“Turn to Clear Vision”, “Old Shed”, “Some Men from Kentucky”)

  • COOK CREATIVE: Around the World exhibit (“We Refugees”, “Where Home Was”)

  • Local Art in the Highlands exhibit to benefit Hand-in-Hand Ministries (“Dreaming the Same Language”, “Homeless in the Mist”, “Dawning”)

  • October issue, Pure Uncut Candy magazine (“Self-Portrait with Language/Word Becomes Flesh”)

  • December cover art, Pure Uncut Candy magazine (“Progeny” from the Progeny Series)


Additional arts roles include coordinating a year-long poetry/art performance series at the Rauch Memorial Planetarium, coordinating poetry slams in Louisville, and extensive publication experience (including production of the LUI’vll Arts Tabloid, design and production of books and chapbooks).

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