Jennifer Grotz

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Jennifer Grotz
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Born 1971
Occupation Poet
Literary Critic
Nationality American
Genre Poetry

Jennifer Grotz (born 1971) is an American poet and translator who teaches English and creative writing at the Warren Wilson College MFA Program for Writers and at the University of Rochester, where she is associate professor.[1] She is also a contributing editor for Born Magazine and the assistant director of the Bread Loaf Writers' Conference.


Grotz grew up in small Texas towns but has lived in France and Poland, all of which inform her poems. Grotz holds degrees from Tulane University (BA), Indiana University (MA and MFA), and the University of Houston (PhD). She also studied literature at the University of Paris (La Sorbonne), where she discovered her interest in translating French Poetry. Her poems, translations, and reviews have appeared in many literary journals and magazines, and her work has been included in Best American Poetry.

She currently lives in Rochester, New York, but spends part of her year in France and Poland.


  • 2007: Rona Jaffe Foundation Writers' Award
  • 2007: Camargo Fellowship, Cassis, Fance
  • 2007: Fellowship from the Vermont Studio Center
  • 2007: New Writing Award from the Fellowship of Southern Writers
  • 2005: Inprint/James Michener Fellowship from the University of Houston
  • 2004: Texas Institute of Arts and Letters: Natalie Ornish Poetry Prize for Best First Book
  • 2004: Individual Artist Grant from the Cultural Arts Council of Houston
  • 2003: American Translators Association, Student Translation Award
  • 2002: Katherine Bakeless Nason Poetry Prize
  • 2002: Prague Summer Program Fellowship in Poetry
  • 2001: Individual Artist Fellowship from the Oregon Arts Commission
  • 1997: Fellowship in Poetry from Literary Arts, Inc.


  • The Needle, poems (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 2011)
  • Cusp, poems (Houghton Mifflin/Mariner Books, 2003)
  • Not Body, limited-edition letterpress poetry chapbook (Urban Editions, 2001)


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