Jonathan Escoffery

Fiction Writer

Los Angeles, CA

Author's Bio

Jonathan Escoffery's most recent honors include a Distinguished Story citation in Best American Short Stories 2018, a 2018 Glenna Luschei Prairie Schooner Award, and the Waasnode Fiction Prize. He has received fellowships and support from the National Endowment for the Arts, Aspen Words, the Somerville Arts Council, The Writers' Room of Boston, Kimbilio Fiction, the Anderson Center, and Bread Loaf Writers' Conference. Jonathan's writing has appeared, or is forthcoming, in The Paris Review, AGNI, Prairie Schooner, Pleiades, Passages North, Salt Hill, Creative Nonfiction Magazine, and elsewhere. He is currently the Writer-in-Residence at Wellspring House retreat for writers and artists in Western MA, and has taught creative writing at the University of Minnesota, UMass Boston, the Red Wing Youth Correctional Facility, Roxbury Open Studios, and at GrubStreet in Boston. He holds an MFA from the University of Minnesota and attends the University of Southern California’s Ph.D. in Creative Writing and Literature program. For a full listing of his publications and projects, please visit Jonathan’s website.

Publications & Prizes

Prizes won: 
  • 2020 National Endowment for the Arts (Prose) Literature Fellowship.
  • 2020 Helene Wurlitzer Foundation of New Mexico Residency Grant.
  • 2019 Aspen Words Emerging Writer Fellowship.
  • 2018 Glenna Luschei Prairie Schooner Award, for “Chasing Carlos.”
  • 2018 Literary Death Match Winner. Boston. Ep. 16.
  • 2017-2018 Wellspring House Fellowship.
  • 2017 Kimbilio Fiction Fellowship.
  • 2017 Ivan Gold Fellowship (The Writers’ Room of Boston).
  • 2017 Somerville Arts Council Artist Fellowship.
  • 2016 Waasnode Fiction Prize Winner, Passages North, for “In Flux.”
  • 2016 Editor’s Choice, Solstice Summer Contest.

More Information

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African American, Jamaican American
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Miami, FL
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Last update: Jan 24, 2020