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|Alma mater||BA New York University (1981) MFA University of Southern Maine (2014)|
|Notable work(s)||Widow Basquiat, A True Story Based On Lies, Prayers for the Stolen|
|Notable award(s)||National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) Fellowship in Literature, The Canongate Prize|
Jennifer Clement (b. 1960) is an American author who was raised and lives in Mexico. Among other works, Clement wrote the memoir Widow Basquiat (considered one of the most important books on the painter Jean-Michel Basquiat) that made the "Booksellers' Choice" list in the United Kingdom and three novels: A True Story Based on Lies, which was a finalist in the Orange Prize for Fiction in the United Kingdom, The Poison That Fascinates and Prayers for the Stolen. 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 has been published as an art book with work by the Mexican painter Gustavo Monroy. She has been translated into 22 languages.
Clement lives in Mexico City, Mexico.
Born in 1960 in Greenwich, Connecticut, Clement moved in 1961 with her family to Mexico City, where she later attended Edron Academy. She moved to the USA to finish high school at Cranbrook Kingswood School, before studying English Literature and Anthropology at New York University.She received her MFA from the University of Southern Maine.  She is the co-director and founder, with her sister Barbara Sibley, of the San Miguel Poetry Week. She has a son and a daughter, Richard and Sylvia.
Awards and honors
- National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) Fellowship in Fiction 2012
- President of PEN MEXICO 2009-2012
- The Sandburg-Auden-Stein Poet-in-Residence, Olivet College, 2011
- Writer-in-Residence PEN Vlaanderen, Antwerp, Belgium, 2010
- The Thornton Writer-in-Residence, Lynchburg College, VA, Fall 2009
- Robert and Stephanie Olmsted Fellow 2007-2008 (awarded by The MacDowell Colony)
- MacDowell Colony Fellowship, 2007
- Residency in Berlin granted by the Goethe Institute and Literarisches Colloquium Berlin, 2004
- Finalist in the Orange Prize for Fiction 2002, UK (for A True Story Based on Lies)
- The Canongate Prize for New Writing 2001, UK (judged by The Herald, The Sunday Herald, Waterstone's, Channel Four BBC, and Canongate Books)
- The Bookseller's Choice List, UK, (for the memoir Widow Basquiat).
- U.S.-Mexico Fund for Culture (Conaculta/Fonca/Bancomer/The Rockefeller Foundation) grant in support of The San Miguel Poetry Week.
- Mexico's “Sistema Nacional de Creadores” grant, FONCA, 2000-2006 and 2012 to present.
- Hamilton, Geoff; Jones, Brian (2009). "Clement, Jennifer p.68". Encyclopedia of Contemporary Writers and Their Work. Infobase Publishing. Retrieved 7 April 2011.