Jayne Anne Phillips

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Jayne Anne Phillips was born in Buckhannon, West Virginia. She majored in English at West Virginia University before getting her MFA in fiction  from the University of Iowa Writers’ Workshop in 1978. Her writing has been translated and published in twelve languages.

She is the recipient of a Guggenheim Fellowship, two National Endowment for the Arts Fellowships, a Bunting Fellowship from the Bunting Institute of Radcliffe College, a Howard Foundation Fellowship, and was a 2009 National Book Award finalist.

Jayne Anne has held teaching positions at several colleges and universities, including Harvard, Williams, Boston University, and Brandeis. She is currently Professor of English and Director of the MFA program in creative writing at Rutgers Newark, the State University of New Jersey. She and her husband have two sons.


Lark and Termite [novel] (Knopf, 2009), National Book Award finalist, National Book Critic’s Circle Award finalist

MotherKind [novel] (Knopf, 2000), Massachusetts Book Award, Orange Prize (UK) nominee

Shelter [novel] (Delta, 1995), Academy Award in Literature by the American Academy             and Institute of Arts and Letters; one of “Publishers Weekly’s” Best Books of the             Year

Fast Lanes [short story collection] (Vintage, 1987, 2000)

Machine Dreams [novel] (Vintage, 1984, 1999), National Book Critics Circle Award nominee,  NY Times “Best Books of the Year”

Black Tickets (Delacorte/Seymour Lawrence, 1979, Delta, 1989), Sue Kaufman Prize for First Fiction

Counting [short story collection] (Vehicle Editions, 1978), St. Lawrence Award

Sweethearts [short story collection] (Truck Press, 1976), Pushcart Prize, Coordinating Council of Literary Magazines Fels Award

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