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Bio

Keetje Kuipers was born in Pullman, Washington. She earned her BA at Swarthmore College and her MFA at the University of Oregon. Her collections of poetry include Beautiful in the Mouth (2010), which won an A. Poulin Jr. Poetry Prize, and The Keys to the Jail (2014). In her poems, Kuipers ranges over and across landscapes with “an unmistakable sense of adventure,” in poet Eavan Boland’s phrase. In an interview, Kuipers herself noted that “geography has become of primary importance to me, and the battle for belonging—and the butting together of disparate and conflicting geographies that express different parts of myself—are clearly hashed out in my poetry.”