Louis Jenkins

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Louis Jenkins
Born (1942-10-28) October 28, 1942 (age 76)
Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, US
OccupationProse Poet
Period1970s - present

Louis Jenkins (born October 28, 1942) is an American prose poet from Enid, Oklahoma. He lived in Duluth, Minnesota, for over 30 years with his wife Ann. His poems have been published in a number of literary magazines and anthologies. Jenkins has been a guest on A Prairie Home Companion numerous times and has also been featured on The Writer's Almanac. The author's book, Nice Fish, was winner of the Minnesota Book Award in 1995. His book Just Above Water won the Northeastern Minnesota Book Award in 1997. In 1996, Jenkins was a featured poet at the Geraldine R. Dodge Poetry Festival. Actor Mark Rylance recited works by Jenkins in lieu of formal acceptance speeches after winning a Tony Award and a Drama Desk Award for the play Boeing-Boeing (in 2008) and after winning his Tony Award for the play Jerusalem (in 2011). He appeared in the minor role of Earl in the 2016 film Blood Stripe. He now lives in Bloomington, Minnesota.

Selected bibliography[edit]


  • Before You Know It: Prose Poems 1970-2005 (Will o' the Wisp Books, 2009)
  • European Shoes (Will o' the Wisp Books, 2008)
  • North of the Cities (Will o' the Wisp Books, 2007)
  • Four Places on Lake Superior’s North Shore (Red Dragonfly Press, 2005)
  • Distance From the Sun (Minnesota Center for the Book Arts, 2004)
  • Sea Smoke (Holy Cow! Press, 2004)
  • The Winter Road (Holy Cow! Press, 2000)
  • Just Above Water (Holy Cow! Press, 1997)
  • Nice Fish: New and Selected Prose Poems (Holy Cow! Press, 1995)
  • All Tangled Up With the Living (Nineties Press, 1991)
  • An Almost Human Gesture (Eighties Press and Ally Press, 1987)
  • The Water's Easy Reach:Prose Poems (White Pine Press, 1985)
  • The Well Digger's Wife (Minnesota Writer's Publishing House Booklet No. 2, 1973)
  • Will Small: The Journey (White Pine Press, 1987)


  • Good Poems for Hard Times Garrison Keillor, ed. (Viking, 2005)
  • Great American Prose Poems David Lehman, ed. (Scribner, 2003)
  • Poetry 180 Billy Collins, ed. (Random House, 2003)
  • No Boundaries: Prose Poems by 24 American Prose Poets (Tupelo Press, 2003)
  • Are You Experienced? (University of Iowa Press, 2003)
  • Stories From Where We Live (Milkweed Editions, 2003)
  • Good Poems Garrison Keillor, ed. (Viking, 2002)
  • The Thousands, Number One (Thousands Press, 2001)
  • The Best of the Prose Poem (Providence College, Providence, RI, 2000)
  • The Best American Poetry 1999 David Lehman, ed. (Scribner, 1999)
  • Literature and Its Writers (Bedford Books, Boston, 1997)
  • The Plain Truth of Things (Harper Collins, 1997)
  • The Party Train: A Collection North American Prose Poetry (New Rivers Press, 1996)
  • Literature: The Evolving Canon Sven Birkerts, ed. (Allyn and Bacon, 1993)
  • Men of Our Time (University of Georgia Press, 1992)
  • The Rag and Bone Shop of the Heart Bly, Hillman and Meade, eds.(Harper Collins, 1992)
  • Reading Rooms (Doubleday,1991)
  • The Best of Crazyhorse (University of Arkansas Press, 1990)
  • Minnesota Writes: Poetry (Milkweed Books, 1987)
  • News of the Universe: Poems of Twofold Consciousness Robert Bly, ed. (Sierra Club Books, 1980)
  • Heartland II: Poets of the Midwest (Northern Illinois University Press, 1975)

Audio recordings[edit]

  • Any Way in the World (Thousands Press, 2000)



  1. ^ Graydon, Royce (11 April 2013). "A great British actor returns to his Midwestern roots with "Nice Fish" at the Guthrie". Star Tribune. Retrieved 11 April 2013.

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