Jess Row

United States of America

Jess is a novelist, nonfiction writer, and literary critic. He's the author of two novels, The New Earth and Your Face in Mine, two collections of short stories, The Train to Lo Wu and Nobody Ever Gets Lost, and a collection of essays, White Flights: Race, Fiction, and the American Imagination. His third collection of short stories, Storyknife, will be published by Ecco/HarperCollins in 2025. He’s also working on a new book of essays, On Being Short: Men, Masculinity, and Not Measuring Up.

His fiction has appeared in The New Yorker, The Atlantic, Virginia Quarterly Review, Tin House, Conjunctions, Ploughshares, Granta, n+1, and elsewhere, has been anthologized three times in The Best American Short Stories, and has won two Pushcart Prizes and a PEN/O. Henry Award. He has received a Guggenheim fellowship, an NEA fellowship in fiction, a Whiting Writers Award, and a Whiting Creative Nonfiction Grant. In 2007, he was named a “Best Young American Novelist” by Granta. His nonfiction and criticism has appeared in The New Yorker, The New Republic, The New York Times Book Review, Bookforum, Threepenny Review, and Boston Review, among other venues.

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