Born in Lancaster, California—home to Frank Zappa, Captain Beefheart, and the Space Shuttle—Jennifer received her B.A. from the University of Iowa, and her M.F.A. in poetry writing from New York University.

Jennifer is the author of four books of poems. The New York Times Book Review said her latest, Days of Shame and Failure (Bloof Books, 2015) "hits, with deceptive ease, all the poetic marks a reader could want: intellectual curiosity, emotional impact, beautiful language, surprising revelation and arresting imagery."

Her new book of poems, tentatively titled Crushing It, is forthcoming from Copper Canyon Press in Fall 2020.

Her poems have appeared four times in the Best American Poetry series and in publications such as the New York Times, the New Yorker and American Poetry Review. Her non-fiction writing has appeared in The New York Times and The Washington Post.

From 2016-2017, she developed and curated the crowd-sourced poetry project, Iowa Bird of Mouth, which was supported by the Iowa Arts Council and the National Endowment for the Arts. Over 750 people from around the world contributed to the project.

Jennifer teaches at Iowa State University, as well as an ongoing series of private creative writing classes online in collaboration with the Midwest Writing Center.  She is also the co-proprietor of a small-batch artisanal spice company called Saltlickers.

“In the face of ecological meltdown, art gains extra urgency and Jennifer L. Knox is one of our most urgent ecological poets. In the face of the Anthropocene—the geological era in which we are living, when human activity has irreparably damaged the earth—Knox laments our losses and celebrates what we have left. Her creativity—with its obsession with extinction—is driven, like much creativity, by death, but is animated with an unmistakable life force. The humor and sadness in each of her poems invites the reader to mourn what can never be regained, environmentally, and also to make the most of whatever it is that remains.”

—Kathleen Rooney
, O, Democracy!