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Jennifer Clement

Jennifer Clement is the President of PEN International and the first woman to be elected to head the organization since it was founded in 1921. She is the author of the novels Prayers for the Stolen, A True Story Based on Lies, and The Poison That Fascinates. Prayers for the Stolen was a New York Times Book Review Editor’s Choice Book, a finalist for the PEN/Faulkner Award, and winner of the 2015 Grand Prix des Lectrices Lycéennes de ELLE. Among her awards and honors are a 2012 NEA Fellowship, a 2016 Guggenheim Fellowship for her forthcoming novel Gun Love, and a Sara Curry Humanitarian Award. Clement has also published of four books of poetry, including The Next Stranger (with an introduction by W.S. Merwin). She is also the author of the acclaimed Widow Basquiat, an account of 1980s New York and of the life of the painter Jean-Michel Basquiat, which NPR rated as one of the best books of 2015 in seven different categories. Clement’s books have been translated into 30 languages.