John Keene

Fiction Writer, Poet

Newark, NJ
New Jersey US

Author's Bio

John Keene is a published poet, fiction writer, essayist, critic, and translator. A longtime member of the Dark Room Writers Collective of Cambridge and Boston, a graduate fellow of Cave Canem, and a board member of the African Poetry Book Series, he teaches in the English and African American and African Studies Departments, and the MFA program, at Rutgers University in Newark.

Publications & Prizes


Counternarratives (New Directions, 2015)
Letters from a Seducer (H. Hilst-translation, Portuguese) (Nightboat Books, 2014)
Annotations (New Directions, 1995)


Seismosis (Full book, w Christopher Stackhouse) (1913 Press, 2006)
Playland (Seven Kitchens Press, 2016)
Seismosis (chapbook, with C. Stackhouse) (1913 Press, 2006)
Prizes won: 

1990 Artists Foundation Fellowship in Fiction (Massachusetts); 2003 New Jersey State Council on the Arts Fellowship in Poetry (New Jersey); 2005 Whiting Foundation Award in Poetry and Fiction

More Information

Gives readings: 
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Identifies as: 
African American
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Fluent in: 
English, French, Portuguese, Spanish
Born in: 
St. Louis
Raised in: 
St. Louis, MO
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Last update: Sep 12, 2016