John Keene (writer)

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John R. Keene Jr. (born 1965 in St. Louis, Missouri) is a writer and translator. He graduated from the Saint Louis Priory School,[1] and has an A.B. from Harvard and an M.F.A. from New York University. He was a longtime member of the Dark Room Collective, an organization that from 1988 to 1998 celebrated and gave greater visibility to emerging and established writers of color, and also is a Graduate Fellow of Cave Canem.

Formerly associate professor of English and African American studies at Northwestern University, Illinois, United States, he now is associate professor of English and African American and African studies at Rutgers University-Newark.,[2] and has taught at Brown and NYU.

His first novel, Annotations, was published by New Directions in 1995. A new collection of poems entitled Seismosis, in conversation with artwork by Christopher Stackhouse, was published by 1913 Press in 2006.[3]

In 2014, Letters from a Seducer, his translation of Brazilian writer Hilda Hilst's 1991 novel Cartas de um sedutor, was published by Nightboat Books and A Bolha Editora.[4] He has published translations from French, Portuguese and Spanish, of work by writers including Alain Mabanckou, Mateo Morrison, and Edimilson de Almeida Pereira,[5] among others.

Keene also has engaged in conceptual projects such as the "Emotional Outreach Project", under the rubric of the Field Research Study Group A, beginning in 2002. He has exhibited his work several times at This Red Door's short-term galleries, in Brooklyn[6] and Berlin in 2013,[7] and in January 2014 introduced his "Emotional Outreach Project 6.0: The Emotional Exercises," at TRD's space at Kunsthalle Galapagos in Brooklyn.[8]




  1. ^ New Directions Author Page for John Keene
  2. ^ Profile of John Keene at Rutgers–Newark
  3. ^ Bios of 2005 Whiting Writers' Award Recipients - Mrs. Giles Whiting Foundation Retrieved 9-20-06
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  5. ^ A Public Space: "You Who Are On Your Way Over There" by Alain Mabanckou
  6. ^ This Red Door: Emotional Outreach Project 5.0
  7. ^ This Red Door at REH-Kunst Archive
  8. ^ This Red Door Archive
  9. ^ John Keene's Author Page at NDCounternarratives
  10. ^ AGNI Awards Page

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