Brett Elizabeth Jenkins.

Brett Elizabeth Jenkins.

Friends are raising money for St. Paul poet Brett Jenkins, who is undergoing therapy in an Illinois residential treatment center that specializes in mood disorders--treatment her insurance company does not cover.

Jenkins, who has taught at the University of St. Thomas and Concordia University in St. Paul, has published poems in a number of literary journals, including Tupelo Quarterly, PANK, Beloit Poetry Journal, Potomac Review, Revolver, Paper Darts, RHINO, WordRiot and many other places.

She has long struggled with bipolar disorder and has been hospitalized several times in the last few years. A gofundme site set up in her name has raised about $11,000 toward the $30,000 goal, which would cover the cost of her treatment. 

There will also be a fundraiser beginning at 7 p.m. on April 11 at Sisyphus Brewing, 712 W Ontario Av., Minneapolis, which will feature readings, a silent auction, and a raffle.

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