Lucy Knisley

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Lucy Knisley
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Knisley eating mussels in Paris in 2009
Born Lucy Louise Knisley
(1985-01-11) January 11, 1985 (age 35)
New York City, New York, U.S.
Nationality American
Area(s) Writer, Artist
Notable works
French Milk, Relish, Kid Gloves

Lucy Knisley (born January 11, 1985) is an American comic artist and musician. Her work is often autobiographical, and food is a common theme.

Knisley's drawn travel journal French Milk was published through Simon & Schuster in October 2008. It received positive reviews in several publications, such as USA Today[1] and[2] Comics critic Douglas Wolk described it as "a keenly observed letter back home... the pleasure Knisley takes in food and company is infectious."[2]

Knisley holds a BFA ('07) from The School of the Art Institute of Chicago. While there, she contributed to and edited the comics section of the school newspaper, FNews.[3] Knisley holds an MFA ('09) from the Center for Cartoon Studies. She was awarded the 2007 Diamond in the Rough scholarship[4] for her CCS application comic, Heart Seed Snow Circuit.

Personal life

Knisley became engaged[5] to John Hortsman. They were married in September 2014.[6]

Knisley gave birth to her first child on June 13, 2016. She refers to him as "Pal" in her writing, short for Palindrome, for privacy reasons.[7][8]


  • French Milk (2008, Simon & Schuster, ISBN 1-4165-7534-0)
  • Relish: My Life in the Kitchen (2013, First Second, ISBN 9781596436237)
  • An Age of License (2014, Fantagraphics, ISBN 9781606997680)
  • Displacement (2015, Fantagraphics, ISBN 9781606998106)
  • Something New (2016, First Second, ISBN 9781626722491)
  • Kid Gloves (2019, First Second, ISBN 9781626728080)[9]
  • You Are New (2019, Chronicle Books, ISBN 9781452161563)

Anthology contributor


  • Heart Seed Snow Circuit (2007)
  • Searching For Cassady (2007)
  • Radiator Days (2008)
  • Pretty Little Book (2009)
  • Drawn To You (with Erika Moen, 2009)
  • Make Yourself Happy (2010)
  • Mini-comics
    • Letters from the Bottom of the Sea (with Hope Larson, 2005)
    • My Addiction (2006)
    • French Milk minis (2009)
    • The Fast (2009)
    • "Paris Journal" (2009)
    • "Salvaged Parts" (2010)


  • Sweet Violet (2006)
  • Pretty/Nerdy (2007)
  • Comics Tunes By and For Us Comics Goons (compilation, 2007)


  • Beautiful Cadavers by Liam Jennings (Cover art, 2010)
  • Margaret And The Moon by Dean Robbins (Illustrations, 2017, Knopf Books for Young Readers, ISBN 9780399551857)
  • Love, Penelope by Joanne Rocklin (illustrations, 2018, Amulet Books, ISBN 9781419728617)


  1. ^ Whitney Matheson. "Cool Book Alert: 'French Milk'". USA Today. Posted November 7, 2008. Retrieved October 3, 2009.
  2. ^ a b Douglas Wolk. "Graphic Appeal". Salon. Posted December 17, 2007. Retrieved October 3, 2009.
  3. ^ "Comics by Lucy Knisley". FNewsmagazine. Retrieved March 16, 2018.
  4. ^ Caroline Ewing. "Alumni Round-up". F Newsmagazine. April 2007. Retrieved October 3, 2009.
  5. ^ "A Light That Never Goes Out". Lucy Knisley. Retrieved March 16, 2018.
  6. ^ "Lucy Knisley, John Horstman". The New York Times. September 14, 2014. Retrieved March 16, 2018.
  7. ^ "Lucy Knisley on Instagram: "No photos! In a (possibly futile) attempt at keeping the baby's online privacy a little, well, private, I've been contemplating an online…"". Instagram. Retrieved March 16, 2018.
  8. ^ "FAQ". Lucy Knisley. Retrieved March 16, 2018.
  9. ^ Best-Sellers 7 March 2019: Paperback Nonfiction Books (New York Times): A graphic book memoir by a woman who dealt with fertility problems and health issues during pregnancy. (accessed 7 March 2019)

External links

  • Lucy Knisley's website
  • Lucy Knisley's blog
  • Lucy Knisley's Instagram
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