The Writer’s Block: Jennifer Clement

by    /  March 12, 2015  / No comments

In this edition of The Writer’s Block, former PEN Mexico president Jennifer Clement discusses the writing process behind her novel Prayers for the Stolen.

Jennifer Clement is author of the memoir Widow Basquiat (on the painter Jean-Michel Basquiat) and the novels: A True Story Based on Lies, The Poison That Fascinates, and Prayers for the Stolen, a New York Times Book Review Editor’s Choice Book and recipient of an NEA Fellowship for Literature and the Sara Curry Humanitarian Award. Prayers for the Stolen is the first selection of National Reading Group Month’s 2014 Great Group Reads. Her work has been translated into twenty-three languages.

Clement is a Santa Maddalena Fellow and a member of Mexico’s prestigious National System of Creators. She is also the author of several books of poetry including The Next Stranger (with an introduction by W.S. Merwin). In 1997, along with her sister Barbara Sibley, she co-founded the San Miguel Poetry Week.

From 2009 to 2013, Jennifer Clement was president of PEN Mexico and her work focused on the disappearance and killing of journalists. On February 17, Clement read at City of Asylum.

  1. About The Writer’s Block
  2. The Writer’s Block is an ongoing video series of interviews with visiting writers at City of Asylum/Pittsburgh. In these Q&A’s, conducted on Sampsonia Way, writers sit down with us to discuss literature, their craft, and career.
  3. View all previous interviews →

About the Author

Sampsonia Way is an online magazine sponsored by City of Asylum/Pittsburgh that seeks to protect and advocate for writers who may be endangered, to educate the public about threats to writers and literary expression, and to create a community in which endangered writers thrive and literary culture is a valued part of life.

View all articles by

Leave a Comment

comm comm comm