Meet our Finalist Judge

038BAFF3-08EA-4E20-B063-B4D9B9E27550Our 2018 Inaugural Prose Contest will be judged by John Keene.

John Keene is a writer, translator, and literary advocate. His recent books include Counternarratives (New Directions, 2015), a collection of stories and novellas; the art book GRIND (ITI Press, 2016), an art-text collaboration with photographer Nicholas Muellner; and the poetry chapbook Playland (Seven Kitchens Press, 2016).

He also has translated the Brazilian author Hilda Hilst’s novel Letters from a Seducer (Nightboat Books, 2014). He chairs the department of African American and African Studies, teaches English and creative writing at Rutgers University-Newark, and blogs at J’s Theater.(download the app)