Writer, editor, and teacher Keetje Kuipers (pronounced Kay-tcha Kai-pers) was born in Pullman, WA. She received her BA from Swarthmore College and her MFA in poetry from the University of Oregon.
Keetje is the author of two collections of poetry. Beautiful in the Mouth (BOA Editions) was selected by Thomas Lux as the winner of the A. Poulin, Jr. Poetry Prize. Named one of the top ten debut poetry books of 2010 by Poets & Writers, her first book also appeared in the top ten on the contemporary poetry bestseller list. Her second collection, The Keys to the Jail (BOA 2014), was nominated for the LA Times Book Prize in poetry and was a book club selection for The Rumpus. A recipient of the Pushcart Prize, her poems, essays, and short stories have appeared in such publications as American Poetry Review, Orion, and the anthology Best American Poetry.
Keetje has been a Wallace Stegner Fellow at Stanford University, the Katharine Bakeless Nason Fellow in Poetry at Bread Loaf, the Emerging Writer Lecturer at Gettysburg College, and the recipient of fellowships from the Lucas Artist Residency at Montalvo Arts Center, the Jentel Artist Residency Foundation, and PEN Northwest’s Margery Davis Boyden Wilderness Writing Residency.
In 2016, Keetje left her position as a tenured Associate Professor at Auburn University, where she was editor of Southern Humanities Review, in order to write full-time. She lives with her family in Seattle, where she teaches at Hugo House and is an associate editor at Poetry Northwest.
Keetje is currently at work on a memoir, a novel, and a third collection of poems. You can read her recent work in Gulf Coast and Blackbird.