Jennifer O’Connor is a writer, nonprofit worker, and craftivist.
Her writing has been published in Chatelaine, This Magazine, BUST, Bitch, Turbo Chicks: Talking Young Feminisms, Feminist Theatre in Performance, and Women’s Health: Readings on Social, Economic, and Political Issues, among others. She has experimented with various modes of narrative, such as documentary, poetry, and collage.
For more than a decade, she has worked as a fundraiser at organizations dedicated to LGBTQ rights, the environment, and gender equity. Jennifer has volunteered with the International Association of Machinists and Aerospace Workers, Pink Triangle Press, and the Toronto Rape Crisis Centre/Multicultural Women Against Rape.
She has long enjoyed a variety of crafts—everything from cooking to gardening to knitting—and wrote about her adventures thrifting and crafting in her Toronto Star column from 2010-2013. While she began working with paper (and still does), she also incorporates her skills in needlecraft (embroidery, cross stitch, sewing) and watercolour. Her craft practice has opened up new methods to question representations of sex and gender, relative to various forms of oppression and resistance, and—importantly—to relate theory to lived experience in feminist activism.
Jennifer identifies as a white, queer, cisgender woman, and is the first person in her immediate family to attend university. She has been a resident at the Banff Centre for Arts and Creativity and holds a Bachelor of Arts from Queen’s University and a journalism degree from Ryerson University.