Jen Knox

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An Ohio-born writer, Jen Knox's writing has been featured in The Best Small Fictions 2017 (Braddock Avenue Books), The Adirondack Review, Chicago Tribune's Printers Row, Chicago Quarterly Review, Cosmonauts Avenue, Fiction Southeast, McSweeney's Internet Tendency, MJI News, The Saturday Evening Post, The Santa Fe Writers Project Quarterly, NPR, and Sequestrum, among others. Jen's writing has been nominated for a Pushcart and multiple Best of the Net anthologies. She is a Writing Coach, educator, and the Academic Programs Manager at OSU's Leadership Initiative. Jen earned her BA in English from Otterbein and her MFA from Bennington. She is the author of After the Gazebo (NYC, New York: Rain Mountain Press), and she recently completed a collection of short fabulist fiction, The Glass City, which won the 2016 Prize Americana (Hollywood Books International). An excerpt of The Glass City also earned finalist status in the 2016 Calvino Prize from The University of Louisville. Jen's work has earned finalist status in the Dundee International Book Competition and a semifinalist status in the Book Pipeline Competition. Find her here:

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Mar 3, 2019 · 2,352 words (9 minutes)

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"Am I dead?”  “You should be so lucky. All this craziness going on in your world.” As she spoke, a child who looked like Peter from The Snowy Day, the first book I remember reading, ran alongside us on the street in his red suit.

Personal project about Uber drivers.
West on N Road

Feb 12, 2019 · 3,746 words (14 minutes)

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"Rattle walked the loop at sunrise and sunset. At dawn, he was quick-footed, ignoring joints that ached and scraped as though rusted. He pushed on, to the first big rock, shaking the bones and waking the tendons. The stiffness would ease after a quarter-mile."

Our Sky, the Ocean

Dec 19, 2018 · 735 words (3 minutes) · 142 views

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Two sisters learn to see the world in new ways.

The Suit

Dec 14, 2018 · 2,261 words (9 minutes) · 130 views

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"Miranda could get anyone to smile, and there was nowhere people needed to smile more than on public transportation in northwestern Ohio."

Late Bus in Cluj Napoca, Romania, under heavy snow

Nov 23, 2018 · 4,247 words (16 minutes) · 109 views

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Jeff will be my first arrest. I don’t dislike the guy, but it’ll be easy, make me look tough out of the gate. The first arrest is a big deal, and I happen to know that Jeff will break the law any given day he finds breath in his lungs.

Senile Cradle

Nov 15, 2018 · 3,073 words (12 minutes) · 154 views

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An unexpected visitor shows up in the garage on a winter day.

Faces of the Homeless - Patrick Hendry

Oct 28, 2018 · 4,487 words (17 minutes) · 51 views

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Molly's brother is taking a video game too far. It's up to her to stop him before he loses everything.

Dog train

Featured September 18, 2018

Open Times

Sep 15, 2018 · 2,380 words (9 minutes) · 2 likes · 563 views

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Cappuccino for me, latte for you