Jennifer L. Hollis is a writer and music-thanatologist.
Her essays and articles have appeared in The New York Times, The Washington Post, The Rumpus, Harvard Review, Jellyfish Review and other publications. She was the 2018 winner of The Poet’s Billow’s Atlantis Award and a finalist for Breakwater Review’s Peseroff Prize for Poetry, Atlanta Review’s International Poetry Contest and Public Poetry’s ENOUGH contest.
She is the author of Music at the End of Life: Easing the Pain and Preparing the Passage (Praeger) and a contributor to Religion and Healing in America (University of Oxford Press). She wrote “How Faith Communities Facilitate Conversations Around End-of-Life Concerns,” an issue brief for The Pew Charitable Trusts, along with a series of Q&As with faith leaders.
She has been a certified music-thanatologist for twenty years, offering harp and vocal music to patients at the end of life in Montana, Oregon, Chicago, and Boston. From 2006-2012 she was the president of the Music-Thanatology Association International. Stories about her work have appeared on NPR’s Weekend Edition, the Boston Globe and several podcasts.
She has a degree in child development from Connecticut College and a master of divinity from Harvard Divinity School.