Jen Knox is an educator and storyteller who teaches writing, leadership, and meditation.
After dropping out of high school when she was seventeen, Jen went on to work many jobs as she got her GED and chipped away at her BA. It was while studying English and Creative Writing at Otterbein University that she found creative freedom. Jen went on to earn her MFA in Creative Nonfiction Writing and Literature from Bennington College, begin a ten-year career teaching writing and publishing fiction.
Jen's books include the short story collections The Glass City (Hollywood, CA: Winner, Prize Americana for Prose) and After the Gazebo (New York City, NY: Rain Mountain Press). Her novel-in-stories, RESOLUTIONS, was released March 2020.
(A horrible time to release a book that Kirkus calls "an ambitious and absorbing novel," which is kind, especially when considering the fact that it is actually a novel in stories. There will be a relaunch at the Ohioana Book Festival Summer 2020)
Her writing has been nominated for the Pen Faulkner, The Best of the Net, and a Pushcart. Stories have been featured in textbooks, classrooms, and both online and print publications around the world. Her fiction appears in The Best Small Fictions 2017 (Braddock Avenue Books), The Adirondack Review, Sivana East, Chicago Tribune's Printers Row, Chicago Quarterly Review, Cosmonauts Avenue, Crannog, Elephant Journal, Fairlight Books, Fiction Southeast, Juked, McSweeney's Internet Tendency, MJI News, Poor Claudia, The Saturday Evening Post, The Santa Fe Writers Project Quarterly, NPR, Short Story America, and Sequestrum, among over a hundred other publications. Read many of her stories here.
Mission and Vision:
I write to explore. I teach to empower.
Storytelling is about exploring the nuances of life, the anguish within beauty and the wisdom within pain. When we hold our stories inside, they weigh us down. When we release them, we find not only voice but also perspective.
I am an educator and storyteller who teaches leadership, writing, and meditation - sometimes all at once. Every day, I write with the aim of asking new and better questions. I teach with the aim of helping others to do the same.
My vision is to continue on, words to page, and to provide creativity coaching and mind-body services that enable you to break blocks, create the life you want, and make the art you were meant to make.
Only by examining our personal biases can we grow as artists; only by cultivating empathy can we grow as people.