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Jen Knox

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Jen Knox
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Jen Knox in 2015
Born (1979-08-16) August 16, 1979 (age 44)
Columbus, Ohio, USA
OccupationWriter and Educator
Alma materOtterbein University

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Jen Knox (born August 16, 1979) is an American short story writer.[1] Born in Columbus, Ohio, many of her short stories are set in Midwestern towns. After earning her Master’s in Creative Nonfiction and Literature at Bennington, she began to teach writing at San Antonio College.[2] She also regularly contributes articles to various magazines and online publications, including Fiction Southeast and MJINews.[3]

Early life and education[edit]

Knox was born in 1979 in Columbus, Ohio.[4] She grew up in Columbus in The Short North, a neighborhood located between downtown Columbus and Ohio State University. She dropped out of high school and earned her GED. She worked a variety of jobs in gas stations, clubs, factories, and restaurants, and eventually got a job at Barnes & Noble in Upper Arlington. After a few years of aimless work, Knox returned to school. She attended Columbus State Community College and eventually transferred to Otterbein University, where she started writing and literature, graduating with her bachelor’s degree in English. After being accepted into Bennington College's Writing Seminars, she began to publish her short fiction and nonfiction. At Bennington, she was awarded an MFA in Creative Nonfiction.


Her short fiction appears in over seventy published stories that have appeared in magazines such as ARDOR, Fiction Attic Press, Room Magazine, Superstition Review,[5] The Adirondack Review, and The Saturday Evening Post.[2] 'After the Gazebo',[6] which was originally a short story published in Ardor and reprinted in Minotaur’s Spotlight, Gargoyle Magazine, GERM Magazine, and the Van Gogh’s Ear Anthology, is now the title of a short story collection published by Rain Mountain Press in 2015. She is also the author of "Don’t Tease the Elephants", a chapbook published by Monkey Puzzle Press in 2014.[7][8] Anthology contributions include Short Story America, Volumes I and III, and Modern Shorts: 18 Short Stories From Fiction Attic Press (2014).[9] In 2015, Knox spoke at Otterbein’s Literary Citizenship Festival.[10] A teacher of creative writing at San Antonio College, Knox also works as a freelance journalist and writing coach.[3] She contributes articles on creativity and technology at Fiction Southeast[11] and writes about the cannabis market at MJINews.[3]


Knox has received grants from Otterbein College’s John Kessler Memorial Endowment for the Arts in 2007 and the Vermont Studio Center for a residency in February 2014. She received Honorable Mention in Glimmer Train’s Short Story Award for New Writers in 2009 and Finalist Status for Glimmer Train’s Very Short Fiction Competition in 2013 and its Short Story Award for New Writers in 2014 [1].

Year Name of the Book Award Category Result
2011 'To Begin Again' Next Generation Indie Book Award Short Fiction Won[12]
Readers’ Favorite Award Women’s Fiction Won[13]

Selected works[edit]

The list of books in which Knox has contributed.[14]

Year Type Name of the Book Publication Place ISBN
2015 Fiction 'After the Gazebo' Rain Mountain Press New York City, NYC ISBN-9781495106125
2011 'To Begin Again'[15] All Things That Matter Press Somerville, ME ISBN-0984629785
2009 Non-Fiction 'Musical Chairs'[16] All Things That Matter Press Somerville, ME ISBN-0984259422
2011 Anthologies “Disengaged” in Short Story America Volume I, Johnston, Tim, Ed (2011) Short Story America Press Raleigh, NC ISBN-0615471684
2014 “The Chef” in Modern Shorts: 18 Short Stories, Richmond, Michelle, Ed. (2014) Fiction Attic Press New York City, NY ISBN-0991149963
2014 Chapbook 'Don’t Tease the Elephants' Monkey Puzzle Press Harrison, AR ISBN-978-0-9915429-1-8


  1. "JenKnox". Poets & Writers. Retrieved 19 April 2015.
  2. 2.0 2.1 Knox, Jen (3 April 2015). "The Inconvenience of It All". Saturday Evening Post. Retrieved 3 April 2015.
  3. 3.0 3.1 3.2 "Jen Knox". MMJ Investor News. Retrieved 19 April 2015.
  4. 'WIPs Conversation: Jen Knox on Her Work in Progress', Retrieved on September 28, 2013 from
  5. 'Jen Knox in online literacy magazine'
  6. 'Jen Knox's After the Gazebo', Retrieved from Minotaur's Spotlight on Sep 15, 2013
  7. '', Retrieved on September 12, 2013 from Great Writers Steal
  8. "DON'T TEASE THE ELEPHANTS by Jen Knox", Retrieved from Monkey Puzzle Press/
  9. 'Modern Shorts: 18 Short Stories From Fiction Attic Press'
  10. 'Writers & Scholars Series - Literary Citizenship Festival'
  11. “Fostering Literary Community in the Digital Age”, Retrieved on Feb 19, 2015 from Fiction Southeast.
  12. 'Next Generation Indie Book Award Winner under SHORT STORY - FICTION', Retrieved from
  13. 'Readers’ Favorite Award Winner under Fiction - Women category', Retrieved from
  14. 'Author Jen Know in Amazon Store', Retrieved from
  15. "Author Interview — JEN KNOX", Retrieved on September 20th, 2011.
  16. "My Life Playing Musical Chairs: An Interview with Jen Knox", Retrieved on May 20, 2010.

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