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

Jess Row
Born (1974-10-25) October 25, 1974 (age 44)
Washington, D.C., U.S.
OccupationWriter, professor, literary critic
EducationB.A., Yale University (1997)
M.F.A., University of Michigan (2001)
GenreAmerican literature


Early lifeEdit

He received a B.A. in English from Yale University[1] in 1997. He later taught English in Hong Kong for two years. He completed his Master of Fine Arts in creative writing at the University of Michigan[2] in 2001.[citation needed]


His debut novel Your Face in Mine (Riverhead, 2014) explored racial reassignment surgery against the backdrop of post-industrial Baltimore.[3]

His stories have appeared in various publications, including The New Yorker,[4] Harvard Review, Ploughshares,[5] Granta,[6] Witness, The Atlantic, Kyoto Journal and the Best American Short Stories of 2001 and 2003.[7]

He is an associate professor of English at The College of New Jersey[8] and teaches in the Writing Program at Vermont College of Fine Arts.[7] 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.[9]

Personal lifeEdit

He currently resides in New York City with his wife Sonya Posmentier.



  • 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.
  • White Flights: Race, Fiction, and the American Imagination. Graywolf Press. 2019. ISBN 978-1555978327.

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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