Jennifer Clement

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Jennifer Clement studied English Literature and Anthropology at New York University and French Literature in Paris. Clement is the author of the memoir Widow Basquiat, which made the "Booksellers' Choice" list in the U.K., and 3 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 (Canongate, 2008), and Prayers for the Stolen (Random House, 2014), for wahich she was given the Sra Curry Humanitarian Award. She is also the author of several books of poetry: The Next Stranger (with an introduction by W.S. Merwin), Newton’s Sailor, and Lady of the Broom, each published in bilingual editions in Mexico; selections from these volumes, together with newer work feature also in her New and Selected Poems from Shearsman. Clement's work has been translated into several languages. in 2010, Shearsman republished the then-out-of-print Widow Basquiat, but in 2014 the rights to this volume passed back to Canongate..

Jennifer Clement was awarded Mexico's prestigious "Sistema Nacional de Creadores" grant and was honoured with the UK's Canongate Prize for her story 'A Salamander-Child'. In 2001 she was also the recipient of a US-Mexico Fund for Culture (FONCA, Fundación Cultural Bancomer, the Rockefeller Foundation) grant for the San Miguel Poetry Week, which she founded in 1997 with her sister, Barbara Sibley.

Clement's work has appeared in numerous anthologies including The Best of The American Voice. Akzente, The Times, The Herald, Poetry London, The Nation, The American Poetry Review and The Independent Magazine, among others, have published her stories, poems and essays.

Jennifer Clement lives in Mexico City. From 2009-2012 she was President of PEN Mexico, and in 2015 she was elected President, PEN International. Visit her website here

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