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Visiting Writer

2012, MFA English, Nonfiction Writing, University of Iowa

2011, Graduate Certificate, University of Iowa Center for the Book


A. Kendra Greene is an essayist, printer, and maker of artist’s books. She writes about collections, records radio essays, and spends not enough time locking up wood type on a Vandercook proof press. She began her museum career adhering text to the wall one trembling vinyl letter at a time. From there she went on to manage a collection of photography, costume a giant ground sloth, and spend years as Writer in Residence at the Dallas Museum of Art and Visiting Artist at the Nasher Sculpture Center. Her work as an essayist started during a Fulbright to teach English in South Korea, continues as a Harvard University Library Innovation Lab Fellow, and has led her to teach at the University of Texas at Dallas and the University of Iceland.

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  • The Museum of Whales You Will Never See (New York: Penguin Books, 2020)
  • “Iceland’s Tiny Museums—and the joys of niche collections” (The Guardian, 2020)
  • “For Eons, Iceland Has Endured Calamity Through Books” (Wall Street Journal, 2020)
  • “Why Doesn’t Iceland Have A Museum of Napkins?” (Atlas Obscura, 2020)
  • “The Rest You Have to Dust” (Zzyzyva, Winter 2020) * Best American Essays Notable Special Issues
  • “Upright Members in Good Standing” (The Common, 2020) * Best American Essays Notable Essays and Literary Nonfiction
  • Vagrants and Uncommon Visitors (Providence: Anomalous Press, 2017) * CLMP Firecracker Finalist
  • “Students of Predictive History” (Water~Stone Review, 2016) * Pushcart Nominated

Courses Taught:

  • (ENG 138) Introduction to Creative Nonfiction
  • (ENG 208) Intermediate Creative Nonfiction: Text Image Object

Curriculum Vitae / Resume