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Jennifer Lees Knox, American writer, writer. Ordained to ministry Universal Life Church. Milwaukee Individual Artists fellow Art Futures, 1997; named Milwaukee Poetry Slam Champion, 1994-1996.


Knox, Jennifer Lees was born on January 29, 1968 in Van Nuys, California, United States. Daughter of Thomas Kenneth and Joann (Hempler) Knox.


Born in Lancaster, California, she received her BA from the University of Iowa, and her MFA in poetry writing from New York University.


She has taught poetry writing at Hunter College and New York University. Her work appeared in Gulf Coast, zine scene. Her poetry has appeared in the following anthologies: The Best American (2011, 2006, 2003 and 1997).

The Best American Erotic Poems: From 1800 to the Present. Great American Prose Poems: From Poe to Present and Free Radicals: American Poets before Their First. Her first book of poems, A Gringo Like Me, was published in 2005 by Soft Skull Press.

A second edition was printed in 2007 by Bloof. In addition her second and third books were published by Bloof. Knox grew up in the Mojave Desert.

Her father was from Nova Scotia, and being from Nova Scotia she explains he had a very satirical sense of humor, Nova Scotians share the British love of understated, self-deprecating satire. Knox names poets Richard Hugo, Denis Johnson, James Galvin, Wallace Stevens and James Tate, and fiction writers Italo Calvino and Kenzaburō Ōe as great influences.


  • Ordained to ministry Universal Life Church.


  • Other Work

    • Author numerous poems.


Thomas Kenneth Knox

Joann (Hempler) Knox