Wendy Garnier is a storyteller, writer, poet, performer, improviser, and aspiring pirate based in the seaside town of Aarhus, Denmark.
During her college-days she studied Psychology by day and performed improvisational, sketch, and stand-up comedy at shows and festivals by night. In 2015, she thought: “I should quit my job as a psychologist and create stories instead”. That was a terrible idea, but increased her life happiness with approximately 26,3%.
Funny, poignant, thought-provoking — Garnier’s stories offer a unique perspective on life’s absurdities, making us see the surreal in the everyday ordinary.
Her writings have been featured or is forthcoming in Yellow Arrow Journal, Expanded Field Journal, The Beautiful Space, Peach Velvet Magazine, Defenestration Magazine, the anthology At the River’s Mouth, and several other publications.
She has 20+ years of experience in performing arts. She has been awarded with the Student Union Cultural Award; granted for organizing the most influential cutural event at the University of Twente (2006), and has won the Twents Improv Theatre Tournament (2009).
She has taken courses on, among others, English Grammar and Style from The University of Queensland, Masterpieces of World Literature from Harvard University, Reading and Writing Poetry by Billy Collins, Acting & Drama at Concordia Enschede, Fine Arts Cabaret at THOPSS Theatre Amsterdam, Improv Short Form Reform at Improv Comedy Copenhagen, and Sketch Comedy Intensive from The Second City.
She has performed on a variety of stages in the Netherlands, such as Concordia Enschede and the Twentse Schouwburg, and throughout Denmark, including Copenhagen International Comedy Festival at ICC, Domen, Fairbar, the Merchant Room, Løve’s Bog- og Vincafé, Frontløberne, and Teatret Svalegangen.
She is the coordinator of writing critique group Experiments in English: Creative Writing for Internationals at Aarhus Literature Centre, a member of musical comedy trio FIMPROV and English Improv Comedy troupe Giggle Me This, and founder of the storytelling events Always Burning.
She can be found performing spoken word poetry in the local book & wine cafe, teaching literary and performance arts, or up on the stage doing improv comedy.