John Keene is an American writer and translator.
John R. Keene was born in St. Louis in 1965. He graduated from the St. Louis Priory School and later from Harvard College, where he studied history and American literature and was a member of the Art Board of the Harvard Advocate. In 1989, Mr. Keene joined the Dark Room Writers Collective, a year later won one of three Fellowships in Fiction awarded by the Artists Foundation of Massachusetts. He was a Lecturer in the General Faculty of the University of Virginia, and the Managing Editor of Callaloo. He is currently The New York Times Fellow at New York University. Annotations is John Keene's astonishing first novel about growing up in St. Louis.
“The work of a gifted writer who seeks to immerse himself in the body of language so that certain ruling assumptions may open themselves up to an inner dialectical scanning.”
“When I first read John Keene's fiction, almost a decade ago at Harvard, I knew immediately that I was in the presence of genius. With his work Annotations, Mr. Keene, after years of woodshedding and apprenticeships, has fulfilled that early promise. These poetic meditations about private lives and public events are brilliant, polished and of considerable depth.”