Gish Jen

Writer (novelist, short story writer)
Humanities and Arts
Last updated 6/21/2015

Novelist. Titles from Typical American (1991) and Mona in the Promised Land (1996) to The Love Wife (2004) and World and Town (2010). Has probed and delineated the tensions, ironies, possibilities, and delicious infelicities of multiethnic America. Has also published a collection of short stories called Who's Irish? (1999) and a volume of lectures, Tiger Writing: Art, Culture, and the Interdependent Self (2013). Published in The New Yorker, The Atlantic Monthly, The New Republic and dozens of other venues, including The Best American Short Stories of 1988, 1995 and 2013, as well as The Best American Short Stories of the Century, edited by John Updike.

Nominated for a National Book Critics’ Circle Award and an International IMPAC Dublin Book Award, her work was featured in a PBS American Masters’ special on the American novel, and is widely taught. She has been awarded a Lannan Literary Award for Fiction, a Guggenheim fellowship, a National Endowment for the Arts fellowship, a Fulbright fellowship, a Radcliffe fellowship, and numerous other awards. In 2003, an American Academy of Arts and Letters jury granted her a five-year Mildred and Harold Strauss Living award. Jen delivered the Massey lectures in the History of American Civilization at Harvard University in 2012. Her upcoming book, to be published in Feb 2017, is The Girl at the Baggage Claim: A Tale of Two Selves.
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