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Lucy Knisley

Lucy Knisley
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Knisley eating mussels in Paris in 2009
BornLucy Louise Knisley
(1985-01-11) January 11, 1985 (age 34)
New York City, New York, United States
Area(s)Writer, Artist
Notable works
French Milk, Relish

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 her now husband, John Hortsman. They were married in September, 2014.[6]

Knisley gave birth to her and Hortsman's son, given the pseudonym "Pal" by Knisley for privacy reasons, on June 13, 2016.[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)

Anthology contributor


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


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


  • 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 2008-11-07. Retrieved 2009-10-03.
  2. ^ a b Douglas Wolk. "Graphic Appeal". Salon. Posted 2007-12-17. Retrieved 2009-10-03.
  3. ^ "Comics by Lucy Knisley". FNewsmagazine. Retrieved March 16, 2018.
  4. ^ Caroline Ewing. "Alumni Round-up". F Newsmagazine. April 2007. Retrieved 2009-10-03.
  5. ^ "A Light That Never Goes Out". Lucy Knisley. Retrieved 2018-03-16.
  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 2018-03-16.
  8. ^ "FAQ". Lucy Knisley. Retrieved 2018-03-16.

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