Keetje Kuipers

Washington, United States

Member Since: 09/07/2011

Keetje Kuipers is the author of two collections of poetry. Beautiful in the Mouth (BOA Editions) was selected by Thomas Lux as the winner of the A. Poulin, Jr. Poetry Prize. Named one of the top ten debut poetry books of 2010 by Poets & Writers, her first book also appeared in the top ten on the contemporary poetry bestseller list. Her second collection, The Keys to the Jail (BOA 2014), was nominated for the LA Times Book Prize in poetry and was a book club selection for The Rumpus. A recipient of the Pushcart Prize, her poems, essays, and short stories have appeared in such publications as American Poetry Review, Orion, and Best American Poetry.

Keetje has been a Wallace Stegner Fellow at Stanford University, the Katharine Bakeless Nason Fellow in Poetry at Bread Loaf, the Emerging Writer Lecturer at Gettysburg College, and the recipient of fellowships from the Lucas Artist Residency at Montalvo Arts Center, the Jentel Artist Residency Foundation, and PEN Northwest’s Margery Davis Boyden Wilderness Writing Residency.

In 2016, Keetje left her position as a tenured Associate Professor at Auburn University, where she was editor of Southern Humanities Review, to write full-time. She lives with her family in Seattle, where she teaches at Hugo House and is an associate editor at Poetry Northwest. Keetje is currently at work on a memoir, a novel, and a third collection of poems.







  • Beautiful in the Mouth , BOA Editions (February 1, 2010)
  • The Keys to the Jail , BOA Editions (February 1, 2014)


  • Pushcart Prize(2016)
  • Stegner Fellowship(2009)
  • A. Poulin Jr. Poetry Prize(2009)
  • Margery Davis Boyden Wilderness Writing Fellowship(2007)


  • Emerging Writer Lecturer at Gettysburg College (August 2011 - June 2012)
  • Associate Professor of Creative Writing, Poetry at Auburn University (August 2012 - June 2016)
  • Instructor at Hugo House (August 2016 - )


  • Bachelor of Arts in Theatre from Swarthmore College (January 2002)
  • Master of Fine Arts in Poetry from University of Oregon (January 2006)

Genres of Interest

Fiction, Creative nonfiction, Poetry