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Je ne sais quoi is “an indefinable, elusive quality, especially a pleasing one.” I decided to write this blog because I strongly believe in sharing information. I titled my blog after a nickname my inspiring high school English teacher, Mr. Ries used to call me, “Je ne sais quoi” in lieu of my name. I also wanted to be free to blog about things I’m passionate about which encompass various subjects – including poetry.

I want my readers to feel it is their home they are entering when they come to this site.
So, welcome home!

About Genevieve Jeanine Hersek 

Born in Los Angeles in the summer of ‘65, poet, author and screenwriter Genevieve J. Hersek is a graduate of University of California, Riverside with an MFA in Creative Writing, Poetry & Writing for the Performing Arts. She also earned her Bachelor’s of Arts degree from California State University, Long Beach. In 2009 she also completed a Summer Certificate program in Advanced Poetry and Screenwriting at Charles University, Prague, Czech Republic.

Published in the Rip Rap poetry series, Ms. Hersek is the author of several poetry books: La Trappistine; Where Wills Collide; More than Home; The Asking; Asters in the Fall. Genevieve was included in the historic event, “The Big Picture” sponsored by Beyond Baroque of Venice Beach, California and featured in the Los Angeles Times recognizing California’s distinguished poets. She was honored to be Moontide Press’s Poet of the Month, May 2011; as well as the final headlining poet at Southern California’s venue for Beat poetry, Fahrenheit 451 in Laguna Beach, CA.

She served as a film critic/essayist for the film Apocalypse Now Redux featured in the Film Festival at the Los Angeles Director’s Guild. She recently completed an original screenplay entitled Defining Grace, as well as comedic TV episodes The Art of Distraction & No Free Lunch. She is currently working on two original feature films, Le Cadeau and Something Blue; a TV pilot, Revolving Door; a novel, The Bridal Chamber; a stage play, Through the Seam; and a series of children’s books, One Magnificent Kite, the Adventures of Sophie & Lollie.

Genevieve serves as Educational Advisor to The AiLing Hua Foundation, an orphanage in China. She is a member of the Society of Children’s Book Writers & Illustrators, and authors this blog, HouseofJenesaisquoi.com.

Ms. Hersek is the founder & owner of One Magnificent Center for the Arts, aka OM Center. She hosts “Starlight Evening for the Arts” a monthly Arts/Poetry Salon Series in her home. She has been featured in many poetry venues, and has dedicated her time to the Arts by teaching gratis writing workshops to children and adults.

Genevieve is the mother of four grown children. She resides in Northern California and is available for speaking engagements upon request.

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