Jessica Keener

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Gender FEMALE
Occupation Writer, editor
Location Boston, MA, United States
Introduction I'm a seeker, somewhat restless, with a strong need to define what's home. My rooms are a collection of area rugs on hardwood floors, paintings by Szotyory Laszlo, my Hungarian friend from Budapest, books and books, half-filled coffee cups on windowsills and desktops, and a smattering of old furniture from my parents and my husband's grandparents, plus garage finds and a few brand new items. Also on my bookshelf: Women in Bed, a collection of nine stories, and my novel, Night Swim,which landed in the top ten on Amazon's and Barnes and Noble's paid bestseller lists, and was published in Germany as Schwimmen in der Nacht. My new novel, Strangers In Budapest, published by Algonquin Books was a 2017 and 2018 Indie Pick (Hardcover and paperback). Visit my website: www.jessicakeener.com
Interests I've been writing for magazines for more than a dozen years, frequently about houses for The Boston Globe, New England Homes, Coastal Living, Design New England. I write fiction, read fiction for Agni Magazine, and recently joined the writing staff at Brigham and Women's Hospital to help raise funds that support amazing initiatives happening in healthcare locally, nationally and internationally.
Favorite Music All kinds- Led Zepplin, Beatles, Santana, Joni Mitchell, Laura Nyro, Bjork, Chopin, BB King, Sarah Vaughan, Beethoven, Madonna, Les Claypool, Adrian Belew's Power Trio, Rolling Stones, Steve Miller Band, The Doors, White Stripes, Chaka Khan, Neil Young, Britney Spears, Christine Aguilerra, Mozart, Beethoven, Liszt, Stravinsky, The Presidents of the United States, Bob Marley, Aretha Franklin, Ella Fitzgerald, Louis Armstrong, Stevie Wonder, Stevie Nicks.
Favorite Books Jane Austen, Tolstoy, Alice Munroe, Flannery O'Connor, Raymond Carver, Marilynne Robinson, Clarice Lispector, Michado D'Assis, Richard Ford, Patry Francis, Shakespeare, John Donne, Emily Dickinson, Paul Harding, Ha Jin, Jon Clinch. Specific books: Cold Mountain, Letters between Robert Lowell and Elizabeth Bishop, To Kill a Mockingbird.

What's your idea of home?