Winter With the Writers

Jennifer Clement

Jennifer Clement is the first woman to be elected President of PEN International, a worldwide association of writers, founded in London in 1921 to promote friendship and intellectual co-operation among writers everywhere.

Event Details
Jennifer Clement: Joint Reading

Event Details

Master Class: February 28, 2 p.m., SunTrust Auditorium.

Joint Reading: February 28, 7:30 p.m., Bush Auditorium.

Speaker Bio

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JENNIFER CLEMENT is the President of PEN International (a worldwide association of writers) and the first woman to be elected since the organization was founded in 1921. Under her leadership the groundbreaking PEN International Women’s Manifesto was created. Clement is the recipient of the Canongate Prize, Sara Curry Humanitarian Award, the Gran Prix des Lectrices Lyceenes de ELLE, a Guggenheim Fellowship, an NEA Fellowship and her books have twice been a New York Times Editor’s Choice Book. Prayers for the Stolen was both a PEN/Faulkner Prize and Femina Prize finalist. Her recent novel Gun Love is an Oprah Book Club Selection as well as being a National Book Award finalist. The Washington Post described the novel as, “Full of sorrow and aching sweetness, Gun Love provides a glimpse of people who dwell every day knee deep in the toxic waste of our gun culture. They may be America’s forgotten children, but after reading this novel, you are not likely to forget them.” She lives in Mexico City where she was raised and is a member of Mexico’s prestigious Sistema Nacional de Creadores. In 1997, along with her sister Barbara Sibley, she founded the San Miguel Poetry Week.