Jennifer Clarvoe

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Jennifer S. Clarvoe is an American poet and English professor at Kenyon College. She has published two books of poetry, Invisible Tender and Counter-Amores. She won the Kate Tufts Discovery Award in 2001.

Education and career[edit]

Clarvoe received her B.A. from Princeton University in 1983. She earned her Ph.D. from the University of California at Berkeley in 1993.

She has taught at Harvard Summer School, Wellesley College, Boston University, and in the MFA Program at the University of California at Irvine.

She has taught English at Kenyon College in Ohio since 1990.[1]

Her work has appeared in The Antioch Review,[2] AGNI,[3] The Yale Review, Partisan Review, and The Ohio Review.[4]

Clarvoe published her first collection of poetry, Invisible Tender, in 2000. Essayist Jane Satterfield wrote that her lines were "[e]dgy as often as lyrical, formal as they are free (Clarvoe relishes, for instance, variations on the sestina)."[5] Poet Laura Sims wrote in the Boston Review that Clarvoe's "vision of progression, tied up with childhood memories and marked by the 'fall' into adulthood, is highly personalized. The early poems of Invisible Tender serve as close studies of childhood events; their glance is backward, but the past is reclaimed in new form, allowing forward movement. These poems also acknowledge loss (of memory, of family ties, etc.), and in the course of each poem these losses are transformed into gifts, albeit imperfect ones."[6] The collection earned her the Kate Tufts Discovery Award in 2001.[7]

In 2011 she published her second book of poetry, Counter-Amores. Each of the poems in the collection is a reversal of Ovid's elegies from Amores.[8]





  1. ^ "Jennifer Clarvoe". Kenyon College. Retrieved August 18, 2015. 
  2. ^ Clarvoe, Jennifer (2002). "Counter-Amores I.2". The Antioch Review. 60 (3): 475–476. doi:10.2307/4614359. JSTOR 4614359. 
  3. ^ "Author Jennifer Clarvoe". AGNI Magazine. Retrieved August 18, 2015. 
  4. ^ "Jennifer Clarvoe: Mine". The Ohio Review. Ohio University. 58-59: 206. 1998. 
  5. ^ Satterfield, Jane (2002). "Invisible Tender". The Antioch Review. 60 (3): 534–535. doi:10.2307/4614384. JSTOR 4614384. 
  6. ^ Sims, Laura (June 1, 2001). "Review: Clarvoe, Doris, Klink". Boston Review. 
  7. ^ "News Notes". Poetry. 178 (4): 240. July 2001. JSTOR 20605367. 
  8. ^ Bosch, Daniel (November 13, 2013). "Three Poems by Jennifer Clarvoe". Berfrois. 
  9. ^ [1] Archived August 28, 2008, at the Wayback Machine.
  10. ^ Proceedings of the American Academy of Arts and Letters. New York: American Academy of Arts and Letters. 2002. p. 37. Jennifer Clarvoe is a bright star in her generation of American poets, fresh, accomplished and distinctive. 
  11. ^ "Poetry: Jennifer Clarvoe". Hammer Museum. November 10, 2011.