Jesse Ball

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General Information

Name: Jesse Ball

Pen Name: None


Born: 1978 in Port Jefferson, New York


Email: N/A

Illinois Connection

Ball lives in Chicago and is an Assistant Professor at the Art Institute of Chicago Master of Fine Arts Writing program.

Biographical and Professional Information

Jesse Ball is a novelist, poet, and artist. He received his BA in 2000 from Vassar College and his MFA in 2004 from Columbia University. He has written several novels and works of verse, bestiaries, and sketchbooks. A fellow of the NEA, Creative Capital, and the Guggenheim Foundation, his verse has also been included in the Best American Poetry series.

Published Works

  • March Book, Grove Press, 2004
  • Vera & Linus, Nyhil, 2006 - written with Thordis Bjornsdottir
  • Samedi the Deafness, Vintage, 2007
  • The Way Through Doors , Vintage, 2009
  • The Curfew, Vintage, 2011
  • Silence Once Begun, Random House, 2014
  • A Cure for Suicide: A Novel, Pantheon, 2015
  • Notes on My Dunce Cap, Pioneer Works Press, 2016
  • How to Start a Fire and Why: A Novel, Pantheon, 2016
  • Sleep, Death's Brother, Pioneer Works Press, 2017

Titles at Your Library

Literary Awards

Body of Work

  • Los Angeles Times Book Prize, 2014
  • Illinois Author of the Year, Illinois Association of Teachers of English, 2015
  • Finalist, New York Public Library Young Lions Fiction Award, 2015

Story: The Early Deaths of Lubeck, Brennan, Harp and Carr

  • Plimpton Prize, Paris Review, 2008

A Cure for Suicide

  • Long-list, National Book Award, 2015
  • Best Fiction, Huffington Post 2015
  • Starred Review, Publishers Weekly

How to Start a Fire and Why: A Novel

  • Starred Review, Booklist
  • Starred and Boxed Review, Publishers Weekly

Speaking Engagements and Upcoming Appearances

Speaking Engagement Availability: (No)

External Links

Jesse Ball on WorldCat


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