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.
“Annotations moves jaggedly, lightninglike, with speed and with wrought metonymic aplomb. It conduces to quick reaches of insight and accretion, unexpected lyric heft, quick elliptic dilation. In this book which achieves moment and range well beyond what its relative brevity leads one to expect, John Keene makes an auspicious debut.”