John Keene is the author of the novel Annotations; the poetry collection Seismosis (in collaboration with artist Christopher Stackhouse), translator of Brazilian writer Hilda Hilst’s notorious erotic novel, Letters from a Seducer, and author of the short fiction collection Counternarratives, which received an American Book Award and a Lannan Literary Award in 2016, and in 2017, the Windham-Campbell Prize for Fiction, as well as the UK’s inaugural 2017 Republic of Consciousness Prize for Small Presses. Keene’s other published work includes GRIND, an art-text collaboration with photographer Nicholas Muellner; and the poetry chapbook, Playland. He is also the 2005 recipient of a Whiting Award in Fiction and Poetry. In the fall of 2018, he was awarded a five-year John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation Fellowship, for his work “exploring the impact of historical narratives on contemporary lives and re-imagining the history of the Americas from the perspective of suppressed voices.”
The Katie T. Jacobson Writer in Residence Series hosted by the MFA in Creative Writing at CalArts and by REDCAT, the Roy and Edna Disney CalArts Theater. The series is made possible by the generous donations from the Jacobson family.