Keetje Kuipers
Keetje Kuipers
Keetje Kuipers
The Keys to the Jail

Keetje Kuipers was born in Pullman, WA to a fishing guide and a sociologist. Since then, she's lived in Idaho, Montana, Minnesota, California, Pennsylvania, New York, Oregon, and Alabama. Though she's pursued all manner of careers—from midnight baker to Google desk jockey, publisher's assistant to Off-Off-Broadway actress—poetry has long been her passion. Writing directly to the themes of loneliness, longing, and loss, Kuipers' first collection, Beautiful in the Mouth, contains, as The Rumpus put it, "pitch-perfect poems about topics that are expected in a poetry collection, but that are crafted so well that they transcend cliché to flower into these plainly beautiful chunks of text.” Still obsessed with restlessness and isolation, Kuipers second book, The Keys to the Jail, is due out from BOA Editions in April 2014. It contains poems that examine the crimes we commit against ourselves—our acts of faithlessness, and the redemption of returning home to the self we left behind. As Kuipers herself has said, "[Poems] are beautiful, necessary attempts, the same way that standing on top of a mountain and shouting your name into the uninhabited air is an attempt—we must declare ourselves over and over again, and still never really find a way to understand how we exist."

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April 17, 2014
Auburn, AL

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