Award-winning novelist, poet, and short fiction writer John Keene exemplifies the genre fluidity at the leading edge of literature today. In his REDCAT presentation as the 2020 Katie Jacobson Writer-in-Residence, he will read from his current and forthcoming work. Keene is the author of the novel Annotations; the poetry collection Seismosis; translator of Brazilian writer Hilda Hilst’s notorious erotic novel, Letters froma Seducer; and author of the celebrated short fiction collection, Counternarratives. In fall 2018, he was awarded a five-year John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation Fellowship, for his work “exploring the impact of historical narratives on contemporary lives and re-imagining the history of the Americas from the perspective of suppressed voices.”
Keene raises unwritten possibilities from the past’s dormant margins.