Jessica Keener

Jessica Keener’s writing career was launched when her story, “Recovery” won second prize in Redbook magazine’s fiction contest. Her work has since been recognized in The Pushcart Prize under “Outstanding Writers,” and has appeared in scores of publications, most recently in Connotation Press: An Online Artifact, Huffington Post and The Nervous Breakdown.

She is the recipient of a Massachusetts Cultural Council Artist’s Grant and was a finalist in Breadloaf’s Bakeless novel competition.

Her debut novel, Night Swim, has been widely praised by reviewers and book bloggers including The New York Times, which called Night Swim “an earnest debut” and “moving.” The Boston Globe said “Keener perfectly captures a certain kind of 1970s adolescence,” and Booklist, said “this memorable debut will strike a universal chord with readers.”

For more than a dozen years, Keener’s feature articles have appeared in The Boston Globe; O, The Oprah Magazine, Coastal Living, Design New England and other national publications. She is working on a new novel set in Budapest. Her agent is Carrie Howland of Donadio & Olson, Inc.

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