Articles, Children’s, Essays, Poetry, Stageplays, Historical, Literary Fiction
Jennifer (Lynn Andrepont) Trotter is an award-winning author with a successful career as a business and government technical writer and editor, marketing professional, English teacher, and librarian. Her essays, stories, poetry, press releases, newsletters, and other documents have earned acclaim and recognition in various writing competitions.
While obtaining a master’s degree in English from the University of Southwestern Louisiana (now the University of Louisiana at Lafayette), she wrote several one-act plays, five of which were produced off-campus through a community playwrights’ group called Eavesdrop Theatre with one play, called Sargasso, debuting in New York City for a midday performance at the (now defunct) Quaigh Theater.
Jennifer is currently seeking to publish her first novel set in Louisiana during prehistoric Archaic times and a collection of short stories tied to the history of Louisiana set in the 18th century, including “Crossed Paths” featured in the SouthWest Writers 2021 anthology Ramblings & Reflections which won second place in the Historical Prose category.
Articles & Essays
“Eavesdropping in the Big Apple” ♦ The Best of Lafayette Arts & Entertainment Magazine
“Gearing Up for the National Nursing Home Quality Initiative in New Mexico” ♦ Health Care Perspectives
“New Mexico Medical Review Association Announces New Mexico Hospitals Now Voluntarily Reporting Quality of Care Data” ♦ New Mexico Senior Citizen News – Senior Expo 2004
“Health Care for the 21st Century, Local Efforts Build Around Remaking American Medicine” ♦ Health Care Perspectives
“Health Care Explored in PBS Series” ♦ Southwest Senior Health & Fitness
“New Mexico MRSA Collaborative Celebrates the Conclusion of Year-long Efforts” ♦ News Release (Health Watch USA)
“Two New Mexico Hospitals Recognized for Achievement” ♦ The New Mexico Senior Citizen News
“Roots and Branches” ♦ SouthWest Writers Southwest Sage, June 2019, p. 8
“A Winter Fragrance, Long-Remembered” ♦ SouthWest Writers Southwest Sage, February 2021, p. 13
“American Nomads” ♦ SouthWest Writers Southwest Sage, November 2018, p. 7
“Mystery of the Dead Sisters” ♦ Genre: Mystery ♦ SouthWest Writers Southwest Sage, May 2018, p. 15
“Long Road Home” ♦ Genre: Fiction ♦ SouthWest Writers Southwest Sage, November 2020, p. 11
Anthology: Woven Pathways: The 2023 SouthWest Writers Winners Anthology
Publisher: SouthWest Writers (2023)
“A Bicycle Conversation” ♦ 3rd Place, Flash Fiction
“Train Wrecks and Boxcars” ♦ Honorable Mention, Poetry Free Verse — Relationships
“A Castle to Ourselves” ♦ 2nd Place, Non-fiction Memoir, Travel
SouthWest Writers has released a new collection of award winning prose and poetry highlighting the talents of both experienced and novice wordsmiths. This delightful anthology weaves together diverse genres and viewpoints to bring you an eclectic mix of humor, pathos, and intrigue. These pieces were all winners in the 2023 SWW annual writing contest. This year’s contest includes writing categories in both prose and poetry, fiction and nonfiction, spanning the gamut from opening pages of novels to flash fiction to memoirs. The Annual Writing Contest allows both new and seasoned writers to sharpen their skills by taking them out of their comfort zone. We the members of SouthWest Writers hope you enjoy this year’s anthology of contest finalists — after all, you the reader are the reason we write!
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Anthology: A Diversity of Expression: 2022 Anthology of Winning Prose & Poetry
Publisher: SouthWest Writers (2022)
“Ghost on the Lawn” ♦ Honorable Mention, Non-fiction Memoir
The SouthWest Writers 2022 Writing Contest motto was A Diversity of Expression. Thirteen categories of prose, poetry, fiction, and non-fiction as well as art and photography grace this delightful anthology of winning entries. These stories and poems are fun, or sad, or factual, or surprising, many of them are all these things. Pay attention to the names of the authors-you will probably see them again!
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Anthology: Ramblings and Reflections: Winning Words of SouthWest Writers 2021 Contest
Publisher: SouthWest Writers (2021)
“Crossed Paths” (p. 124) ♦ 2nd Place, History
During a Mississippi River excursion at the dawning of the 18th century, a young Canadian fur trapper, a courier du bois, meets his first love, an indigenous girl, who he must leave behind to seek his destiny, eventually crossing her path again after his Pascagoula indentureship where he joins other first-generation Louisiana immigrants, French and Germans, to settle on the river just north of New Orleans. This story in the category of Historical Prose is featured in the 2021 anthology of SouthWest Writers containing top award-winning work.
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Anthology: Seeing the World in 20/20
Publisher: SouthWest Writers (2020)
“An Extraordinary Incident” (p. 189) ♦ 3rd Place, Social Consciousness
When everyday seems exactly like the day before, an aging white man unconsciously performing a small act of kindness towards a black man during the 1960s in the Jim Crow south can be “extraordinary.” This story in the category of Social Consciousness is featured in the 2020 anthology of SouthWest Writers containing top award-winning work.