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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: www.jenknox.com

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Emotional Intelligence

Published Jan 15, 2021 · 1,675 words (7 minutes) · 157 views

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Imagining her feet rooting down into the linoleum, Emerson stood upright, barely, in line at the grocery pharmacy. Since she’d forgotten her cane, her failsafe, she had to focus. The vertigo, which had plagued her since she was sixteen, intensified as an announcement requested a cleanup in the bakery. Maybe after filling this prescription, as her mother had, she would have an ordinary life, the kind that allows one to luxuriate in personal ailments alone.

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#connected

Published Mar 27, 2020 · 494 words (2 minutes) · 1 like · 370 views

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Originally published in Thrice Magazine, this story feels as though it's come to life recently in some ways. A work on connectivity.

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A PERPETUAL STATE OF AWE

Published Nov 28, 2019 · 2,263 words (9 minutes) · 521 views

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We count to three and pull hard to gain an inch of light. The ice around the door gives, and a clump of snow is released. The fresh air feels nice for a moment, before it begins to bite at our cheeks. Yesterday’s snow is now an undercoat, and the powdery top layer glistens.

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Green

Published Nov 28, 2019 · 2,365 words (9 minutes) · 4 likes · 880 views

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Joseph’s only deviation from regulation minimalism is an illicit second bicycle... until he meets Alyssa, a dumpster-diving, live-streaming, crowd-funded wanderer.

Award-winning author Jen Knox hails from Ohio, and her work has been featured in The Best Small Fictions 2017, The Saturday Evening Post, McSweeney’s Internet Tendency, and NPR, among many others.

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Rideshare

Published 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.

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West on N Road

Published Feb 12, 2019 · 3,746 words (14 minutes) · 484 views

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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."

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Our Sky, the Ocean

Published Dec 19, 2018 · 735 words (3 minutes) · 987 views

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Two sisters learn to see the world in new ways.

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The Suit

Published Dec 14, 2018 · 2,261 words (9 minutes) · 704 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."

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10-4

Published Nov 23, 2018 · 4,247 words (16 minutes) · 560 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.

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Senile Cradle

Published Nov 15, 2018 · 3,073 words (12 minutes) · 830 views

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

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