Jennifer Grotz


Biography of Jennifer Grotz

Jennifer Grotz (born 1971) is an American poet and translator who teaches English and creative writing at the Warren Wilson College MFA Program for Writers and at the University of Rochester, where she is Associate Professor. She is also a Contributing Editor for Born Magazine and the Assistant Director of the Bread Loaf Writers' Conference.

Grotz grew up in small Texas towns but has lived in France and Poland, all of which inform her poems. Grotz holds degrees from Tulane University (BA), Indiana University (MA and MFA), and the University of Houston (PhD). She also studied Literature at the University of Paris (La Sorbonne), where she discovered her interest in translating French Poetry. Her poems, translations, and reviews have appeared in many literary journals and magazines, and her work has been included in Best American Poetry.

She currently lives in Rochester, NY, but spends part of her year in France and Poland.

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The Needle

"When your eyes have done their part,
Thought must length it in the heart."
—Samuel Daniel


. . . Thought lengths it, pulls
an invisible world through
a needle's eye
one detail at a time,

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