"As the stories build upon one another, they expand the perceptions and thoughts about Jasmine's world. This approach opens up the discussion to incorporate Midwest community perspectives, refuting stereotypes about their relationships and viewpoints of life and providing astute, literary observations that linger in the mind long after their presentation.
Any reader looking for discussions of family life, Midwestern values, and evolving parental roles will relish the interlaced delicacy of Resolutions, which blends psychological and social analysis with equal talent."
--D. Donovan, Senior Reviewer at Midwest Book Reviews
“So thoroughly immersive in prose and purpose. Like watching a series of plays on the most intimate of stages. Yet Jen Knox doesn’t rely on the trappings of ‘pretty’ writing. A story is only as good as its characters, and she’s created a vibrant, grounded world full of life and substance. A marvelously effective work—and an author to watch.”
– Matt Joseph Misetich (Partner, Book Pipeline)
"Set in Ohio and told from the point of view of a struggling single mother and her youngest daughter, Resolutions is a beautifully rendered, poignant, and earnest look at the modern American family. Jen Knox illustrates what we are capable of as daughters, sons, mothers, grandchildren, friends, and siblings—the roles we play, what we do to each other, what we owe each other, and how we carry on when we fail spectacularly. At the heart of this book is a fierce, loving voice that shines through in characters so real you ache for them. Knox has written an unforgettable account of a traumatized working-class family and how they continue to survive and love despite perpetual hardship."
– Beth Gilstrap, Author of I Am Barbarella: Stories (2015) and Deadheading & Other Stories (forthcoming from Red Hen Press 2021)
AUX Media/Aquarius Books
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Little Fictions &
Write a short story.
Writing short fiction is about creating new realities and reframing our own. In this 10-day experience, writers will follow simple, 20-minute prompts designed to support the creation of a full short story draft. Easy techniques are provided for creating dynamic characters, vivid settings, strong details, and memorable scenes.
Prompts. Exercises. Meditations.
This is a book about utilizing your creative energy to live your best life. The exercises are designed for those who are ready to find new perspective, tell a personal story, and reconnect to their creative energy. This 10-day experience is about reflection and incorporating simple, creative techniques into day-to-day life.
AFTER THE GAZEBO
Complex, assured stories that describe the complications of love and need with perfect pitch.
Jen Knox writes the healthy fiction equivalent of the detox smoothie you’d get if you poured half a cup of Mary Gaitskill, two tablespoons of Mary Robison, a teaspoonful of Raymond Carver, and some chilly Laura van den Berg into a Tom Waits blender and hit puree. Here are twenty-four darkly fun stories populated by everyman and everywoman genetically predisposed to ‘tough luck but hopeful genes,’ and primed for fight or flight. And yet she has the uncanny ability to make you root for even her most unredeemed characters in all of their stressed out glory. All of them inhabitants of our lonely damaged universe, searching for connection in the daily grind of everyday losses."
—Richard Peabody, editor of Gargoyle Magazine
"LOTTERY DAYS" WAS SELECTED BY AMY HEMPEL FOR INCLUSION IN THE BEST SMALL FICTIONS.
PROSE POETRY/POETIC PROSE
WINNER, PRIZE AMERICANA FOR PROSE
"The Glass City speaks to the America of now as urgently as Sinclair Lewis or Theodore Dreiser did in their day, but with a touch of magic that only makes the reality beneath that much more haunting."
–Sheila Black, author of Iron, Ardent
"A set of penetrating and absorbing tales."
—Kirkus on The Glass City
CHICAGO QUARTERLY REVIEW
Available at Chicago Quarterly Review and Amazon.
Edited by Michelle Richmond. Available at Fiction Attic Press and Amazon.