louis jenkins


Upper right:  Louis Jenkins and Mark Rylance

Upper left: Louis Jenkins

Lower left: Garrison Keillor and Louis Jenkins

Louis Jenkins was born and raised in Oklahoma. In 1971, he moved with his wife Ann to Duluth, Minnesota where he lived for 45 years and spent most of that time complaining about the weather. His poems have been published in a number of literary magazines and anthologies.  He has published 17 collections of his poetry. Mr. Jenkins was awarded two Bush Foundation Fellowships for poetry, a Loft-McKnight fellowship, and was the 2000 George Morrison Award winner.  Louis Jenkins has read his poetry on A Prairie Home Companion and was a featured poet at the Geraldine R. Dodge Poetry Festival in 1996 and at the Aldeburgh Poetry Festival, Aldeburgh, England in 2007. Beginning in 2008, Louis Jenkins and Mark Rylance, Academy Award winning actor and former director of the Globe Theatre, London, began work on a stage production titled Nice Fish, based on Mr. Jenkins poems. The play premiered April 6, 2013 at the Guthrie Theater in Minneapolis and ran through May 18, 2013. A revised version of the play was performed at American Repertory Theater in Boston Jan.-Feb 2016, where, thanks to Mark Rylance and Claire Van Kampen, Mr. Jenkins got a chance to attempt acting. It was a short-lived career. The play then moved to St. Ann’s Warehouse in New York City Feb.-March 2016.  In November 2016 the play opened at The Harold Pinter Theatre in London’s West End, and ran until February 12, 2017.  In March 2017 Nice Fish was nominated for an Olivier award, Best new comedy, 2017.