Jen Graves

Jen Graves (The Stranger’s former arts critic) mostly writes about things you approach with your eyeballs. But she’s also a history nerd interested in anything that needs more talking about, from male pregnancy to white race denial. A finalist for the 2014 Pulitzer Prize in Criticism, Graves also was a nominee for the 2014 Best Art Reporting award from the US chapter of the International Association of Art Critics, and her writing has been published in art magazines including Art in America and ArtNews as well as in places such as The Believer,, Newsday, Variety, History Link, and American Book Review. As the recipient of a Creative Capital | Andy Warhol Foundation Arts Writers Grant, she wrote “This Land Is False Land.” She developed her own curriculum and taught modern and contemporary art history for three years at Cornish College of the Arts in Seattle, and she also taught creative nonfiction writing to teens at Centrum in Port Townsend. Jen has lived and written in the Pacific Northwest for 17 years, and she has three kids and two dogs. Find her on Twitter @JenGraves, and Instagram at TheJenGraves.


Charles Krafft Is a White Nationalist Who Believes the Holocaust Is a Deliberately Exaggerated Myth

What Will Happen to One of the Northwest's Preeminent Artists—Whose Nazi Imagery Has Always Been Considered Ironic—Now That His Views Are Not a Secret?

Getting Patrick Pregnant

Scientists say it could be done. And my better half is the perfect candidate. All I have to do is convince him.

Eden Was a Scary Movie About Sex-Trafficking Based on a True Story—Or Was It?

What does art that claims to be "based on a true story" owe its audience? When the "true" part gets called into question, and the art-makers go silent, what are we supposed to think?

Critical Mess

The Iffy Dealings of Seattle's Most Widely Published Art Critic

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