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Jess Row (born 1974 in Washington, D.C.) is an American short story writer and novelist.

Jess Row
Jess Row at the 2014 Texas Book Festival.
Jess Row at the 2014 Texas Book Festival.
Born (1974-10-25) October 25, 1974 (age 44)
Washington, D.C., U.S.
OccupationWriter, professor, literary critic
Alma materYale University, University of Michigan
GenreAmerican literature


Early lifeEdit

He graduated from Yale University in 1997. He later taught English in Hong Kong for two years before completing his Master of Fine Arts at the University of Michigan in 2001.[citation needed]


His debut novel Your Face in Mine (Riverhead, 2014) explored racial reassignment surgery against the backdrop of post-industrial Baltimore.[1]

His stories have appeared in various publications, including The New Yorker,[2] Harvard Review, Ploughshares,[3] Granta,[4] Witness, The Atlantic, Kyoto Journal and the Best American Short Stories of 2001 and 2003.[5]

He currently resides in New York City with his wife Sonya Posmentier. He is an assistant professor of English at The College of New Jersey and teaches in the Writing Program at Vermont College of Fine Arts.[5] He is also a teacher and student of Zen Buddhism.


He has received many awards for his fiction, among them a Whiting Award, a Pushcart Prize, and a fellowship from the National Endowment for the Arts. In 2018, he received a Whiting Creative Nonfiction Grant to complete his book White Flights: Race, Fiction and the American Imagination.[6]



  • The Train to Lo Wu. The Dial Press. 2005. ISBN 978-0-38533-789-2.
    • "Heaven Lake," Reprinted from Harvard Review 22, Spring 2002
  • Nobody Ever Gets Lost. FiveChapters Books. 2011. ISBN 978-0-98293-922-2.
  • Your Face In Mine. Riverhead Books. 2014. ISBN 978-1-59448-834-4.

Short StoriesEdit

  • "The Answer". Granta (97: Best of Young American Novelists 2). Spring 2007.
  • "Amritsar". The Atlantic. Fiction Issue. 2008.
  • "The Call of Blood". Harvard Review. Harvard University. 38. Spring 2010.
  • "The World in Flames". FiveChapters. 2011. Retrieved 26 August 2015.

Articles and EssaysEdit


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