Jennifer Clement’s new novel
Prayers for the Stolen (recipient of
an NEA Fellowship in Literature 2012) will
be published by Hogarth (USA and UK) in
February 2014. The book has also been
purchased by Suhrkamp, (Germany), Editions
Flammarion, Gallimard (France), De Bezige
Bij (Holland), Cappelen Damm (Norway), Hr
Ferdinand (Denmark), Bonniers Förlag
(Sweden), Laguna (Serbia), Euromedia (Czech
Republic), Ikar (Slovakia) Lumen
(Spain/Mexico), Guanda (Italy), Like
(Finland), Libri (Hungary), Bjartur
(Iceland), and Rocco (Brazil).
Jennifer Clement studied English Literature and Anthropology at New York University and also studied French literature in Paris, France. She is currently completing her MFA at the University of Southern Maine Stonecoast MFA program.
Clement is the author of the cult classic memoir Widow Basquiat (on the painter Jean Michel Basquiat) and two novels: A True Story Based on Lies, which was a finalist in the Orange Prize for Fiction, and The Poison That Fascinates.
She is also the author of
several books of poetry: The Next
Stranger (with an introduction by W.S.
Merwin); Newton’s Sailor; Lady of
the Broom and Jennifer Clement: New
and Selected Poems. Her prize-winning
story A Salamander-Child is published as an
art book with work by the Mexican painter
Jennifer Clement was awarded the National Endowment of the Arts (NEA) Fellowship for Literature 2012. She is also the recipient of the UK’s Canongate Prize. In 2007, she received a MacDowell Fellowship and the MacDowell Colony named her the Robert and Stephanie Olmsted Fellow for 2007-08. Clement is a member of Mexico's prestigious "Sistema Nacional de Creadores."
Clement's work has appeared in numerous anthologies such The Best of The American Voice (USA), INUITS numéro 3, (France), Mexican Poetry Today, 20/20 Voices, Shearsman Books (UK), and Verse and the Universe (poems about science), Milkweed Editions, (USA). She is also included in the Encyclopedia of Contemporary Writers and Their Work (Facts of File Library of World Literature). The London Times, Akzente, The Herald, Poetry London, The Nation, The American Poetry Review, National Geographic, The Warwick Review and The Independent Magazine, among others, have published her stories, poems and essays.
The composer Jan Gilbert created an “Eleven Song Setting” of Clement’s The Lady of the Broom for soprano, flute, viola, and violoncello. The French theatre company Traits de Marque (under the director Marco Pejrolo) adapted her novel A True Story Based on Lies for the stage and, in 2012, it premiered in Paris, France.
Jennifer Clement was President of PEN Mexico
from 2009 to 2012. She lives in Mexico City,
Mexico and, along with her sister Barbara
Sibley, is the founder and director The San
Miguel Poetry Week (affiliated to the
University of Southern Maine, Stonecoast MFA
For more information on Jennifer Clement, go to jennifer-clement.com