Lynne Knight grew up in Cornwall-on-Hudson, New York. Knight graduated from the University of Michigan, where she won two Hopwood Awards, and from Syracuse University, where she was a fellow in poetry and received her MA in Creative Writing and Literature.
After teaching for four decades at both the high school and college levels, Knight now works as a poet and translator. She lives in Berkeley, California.
Her work has appeared in numerous journals, including Beloit Poetry Journal, Georgia Review, Gettysburg Review, Kenyon Review, New England Review, Ontario Review, Poetry, Poetry Northwest, RATTLE, Southern Review and ZYZZYVA.
Knight’s first full-length poetry collection, Dissolving Borders, won a Quarterly Review of Literature Prize in its international poetry competition and appeared in 1996.
Snow Effects, a cycle of poems on fifteen winter Impressionist paintings, was published by Small Poetry Press in 2000 as part of its Select Poets Series.
Her second full-length collection, The Book of Common Betrayals, won the Dorothy Brunsman Award from Bear Star Press in 2002.
In 2003, Deer in Berkeley won the Sow’s Ear Poetry Chapbook Prize.
Life as Weather won the Editor’s Chapbook Prize from Two Rivers Review in 2004.
Defying the Flat Surface, a collection of ekphrastic poems, won the Ledge Poetry Chapbook Prize in 2005.
Night in the Shape of a Mirror, a collection about her mother’s descent into Lewy body dementia, appeared from Word Tech in 2006.
In 2008, a bilingual edition of Snow Effects appeared from Small Poetry Press, also as part of its Select Poets Series, with translations by Nicole Courtet.
In 2007, her collection Again won the competition at Sixteen Rivers Press, a San Francisco poetry collective; it was published in 2009.
In 2013, Knight’s translation, along with author Ito Naga of his Je sais, appeared from Sixteen Rivers Press as I Know (Je sais).
Other awards and honors:
Stephen Dunn Poetry Prize, Solstice Literary Magazine , 2013
National Endowment for the Arts grant, 2009
RATTLE Poetry Prize, 2009
Theodore Roethke Award from Poetry Northwest, 2007
Lucille Medwick Award from the Poetry Society of America, 2006
Prix de l’Alliance Française aux Etats-Unis, 2006
Best American Poetry, 2000 (Selected by Rita Dove)
Theodore Christian Hoepfner Award, Southern Humanities Review, 1996
“ 'In the end it's all one story...' Lynne Knight tells us in one poem, but The Language of Forgetting is inspired by a fascination with the accumulated secrets lying under the many stories of a lived life.” —Forrest Hamer
“ I've never read poems that seem to me more accurate about love and desire and sexual relationships and their almost-inevitable shattering--darkly gorgeous and expertly-crafted poems, with a white-hot lyric intensity and a narrative pull that becomes cumulative, an erotic veering toward doom.” —Cecilia Woloch
In Again, Lynne Knight's musical and compelling fourth full-length collection of poetry, her measured and lyrical voice reveals desire and memory as physical presences: spirits invoked by the spell of the poem so that the reader embodies her stories of the body of damage and breakage, recovery and repair.
Night in the Shape of a Mirror is a haunting sequence of lyrics and narratives that explores the descent of a woman’s life into twilight and then darkness. The poet’s music, muted and graceful, guides us through the shadows.