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Olivet College announces poet-in-residence
May 13, 2011

Jennifer Clement has been named Olivet College’s poet-in-residence for the 2011 Intensive Learning Term (ILT), according to an announcement by Kirk Hendershott-Kraetzer, Ph.D., Humanities Department chair and associate professor of humanities. The annual Sandburg-Auden-Stein Residency is named after poets who visited Olivet in the 1930s and ‘40s.

During the college’s ILT session, which runs through Friday, May 20, Clement will live on campus and teach a poetry writing class. She will also host two free public events, including a poetry reading of her published work Tuesday, May 17 at 6:30 p.m. in Burrage Library.

Clement, who serves as president of the human rights organization, PEN Mexico, was born in the United States and raised in Mexico City, where she resides today. She has given classes and conferences at Brown University, New York University (NYU) and Wellesley College, as well as universities in Jordan, Mexico and Spain. She currently serves as the Thornton Writer-in-Residence at Lynchburg College in Virginia.

Clement is the author of several books, including “The Next Stranger,” “Newtons Sailor,” “Widow Basquiat” and “A True Story Based on Lies.” She has also authored a children’s book, “Mother Goose, A Selection,” and is director of the collection of children’s literature classics in English for the publishing house Alfaguara, Santillana.

Her poetry has been published in “The Warwick Review,” “Akzente,” “The American Voice,” “Poetry London” and many other literary magazines. Clement earned a bachelor’s degree in English literature and anthropology from NYU in 1982. She also studied French literature in Paris.


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