Jenna L. Kashou...
...is a writer, storyteller and journalist specializing in lifestyle and culture feature writing for magazines and the web. Kashou also provides grant writing and copywriting services, and has worked in nonprofit management and as an event planner for over a decade. Her published work has appeared in Milwaukee Magazine, MKE Lifestyle Magazine, The Business Journal, Edible Milwaukee, ForbesTravelGuide.com, Casa San Antonio, Austin Home and more. She was chosen as the fifth writer in residence at the historic Pfister Hotel where she wrote about and photographed guests and events, unearthing over 50 unique and compelling stories. Learn more about this coveted experience in this Journal Sentinel article. She also wrote the second edition of the book “100 Things to Do in Milwaukee Before You Die,” due out May 1 , 2019 from Reedy Press.
A Milwaukee native, Kashou has also lived abroad and visited far-flung locales like Greece, Portugal, Spain, Brazil, and Argentina. She has always had an enormous sense of pride for her hometown and keeps up on the hottest spots for Milwaukee Magazine as her alter ego, Girl About Town.
Having a brief identity-loss crisis after becoming a mother, Kashou has now realized that motherhood has made her a better writer by giving more depth and meaning to her life experiences. Also, it exposes her to a wealth of topics she never specialized in before like why its crucial for your sanity and marriage to sleep train your infant, pumping in awkward places and maintaining a social life with a toddler. (New moms: read her honest portrayal of it all here.)
Kashou also enjoys the heroic sense of accomplishments reorganizing her book self, once competed in a theatrical writing competition using typewriters, and has a penchant for all things chewy especially licorice, dates and gummy bears.