Zachary Michael Jack

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General Information

Name: Zachary Michael Jack

Pen Name: None

Genres: Fiction, Non-Fiction, Poetry

Born:


Website: www.zacharyjack.org

Email: loveofiowa@live.com


Illinois Connection

Jack is an Associate Professor of English at North Central College in Naperville.

Biographical and Professional Information

Zachary Michael Jack has published more than twenty award-winning books in a variety of genres, including fiction, poetry, literary journalism, creative nonfiction, and personal essay, in addition to his work as a playwright. Jack's fiction has earned national runner-up honors in its class in the Foreword Reviews Book of the Year Award; his poetry has been awarded the Prentice Hall Prize, and his nonfiction has received nominations for the Pushcart Prize, the Theodore Saloutos Award, the William Hill Sports Book of the Year Award, the Herbert Warren Wind Award, and the Shambaugh Award, among others. His golf writing has also earned him recognition as an Editor's Pick by Golf Digest and a Best Books of 2011 by Golf magazine.

He has also edited many books including:

  • Student Body: A Benefit Mystery Novella
  • Love of the Land: Essential Farm and Conservation Readings from an American Golden Age, 1880-1920
  • The Green Roosevelt: Theodore Roosevelt in Appreciation of Wilderness, Wildlife, and Wild Places
  • Inside the Ropes: Sportswriters Get Their Game On
  • The Plowman Sings : The Essential Fiction, Poetry, and Drama of America's Forgotten Regionalist Jay G. Sigmund
  • Homer Croy Corn Country: Travel Writing, Literary Journalism, Memoir
  • Letters To A Young Iowan: Good Sense From The Good Folks of Iowa For Young People Everywhere
  • Liberty Hyde Bailey: Essential Agrarian and Environmental Writings
  • Black Earth and Ivory Tower: New American Essays from Farm and Classroom
  • Participatory Sportswriting: An Anthology 1870-1937
  • Uncle Henry Wallace: Letters to Farm Families - the updated edition of The Furrow and Us which was authored by his great-grandfather.

Jack was a contributor to the book, Winning on the North Side: The 1929 Chicago Cubs and the writer of the introduction of the book, Farewell to Sport. The author and his work have also been featured in USA Today, the Los Angeles Times, the Chicago Tribune, the Huffington Post, the Indianapolis Star, and the Des Moines Register. Jack's books have been favorably reviewed by the The New York Review of Books, Publisher's Weekly, Choice, Kirkus, Foreword Reviews, and other industry-shaping opinion-makers.

An associate professor of English, he teaches Writing, Editing, and Publishing Master of Arts in Liberal Studies (MALS) program at North Central College and speaks to groups nationwide.

Published Works

  • The Inanity of Music and Wings, First World Library, 2005
  • Perfectly Against the Sun, Smithtown Press, 2006
  • Iowa: The Definitive Collection, Tall Corn Press, 2009
  • What Cheer: A Love Story, Tall Corn Books, 2010
  • The Links of Evalon, Sportswriters Collaborative Press, 2010
  • Native Soulmate: A Season in Search of a Love Homegrown, Tall Corn Books, 2011
  • Let There Be Pebble: A Middle-Handicapper's Year in America's Garden of Golf, University of Nebraska Press, 2011
  • The Midwest Farmer's Daughter: In Search of an American Icon, Purdue University Press, 2012
  • Pond Ball Clintock and the Gods of Golf: A Novel for True Believers, Tall Corn Books, 2013
  • Corn Poll: A Novel of the Iowa Caucuses, Tall Corn Books, 2015
  • The Links of Evalon: A Father, a Son, & the Round of a Lifetime, Sportswriter Collaborative Press, 2015
  • March of the Suffragettes: Rosalie Gardiner Jones and the March for Voting Rights, Zest Books, 2016
  • Wish You Were Here: Love and Longing in an American Heartland, Truman State University Press, 2017

Titles at Your Library

THE INANITY OF MUSIC AND WINGS

ISBN: 1595409610
Release Date: 2005-09-06

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Iowa: The Definitive Collection

ISBN: 1888160381
Release Date: 2009-06-26

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What Cheer: A Love Story

ISBN: 188816042X
Release Date: 2010-07-19

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The Links of Evalon

ISBN: 0984508309
Release Date: 2010-05-15

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Native Soulmate: A Season in Search of a Love Homegrown

ISBN: 188816056X
Release Date: 2011-08-04

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Let There Be Pebble: A Middle-Handicapper's Year in America's Garden of Golf

ISBN: 0803233574
Release Date: 2011-06-01

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Midwest Farmer's Daughter: In Search of an American Icon

ISBN: 1557536198
Release Date: 2012-07-15

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Pond Ball Clintock and the Gods of Golf: A Novel for True Believers

ISBN: 1888160705
Release Date: 2013-09-13

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Corn Poll: A Novel of the Iowa Caucuses

ISBN: 1888160896
Release Date: 2015-10-04

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The Links of Evalon

ISBN: 0984508309
Release Date: 2010-05-15

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March of the Suffragettes: Rosalie Gardiner Jones and the March for Voting Rights

ISBN: 1936976803
Release Date: 2016-09-06

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Wish You Were Here: Love and Longing in an American Heartland

ISBN: 1612481701
Release Date: 2017-01-01

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Literary Awards

  • Prentice Hall Prize for Poetry, 2000
  • Silver Medal, Foreword Review's Book of the Year Competition, 2010

March of the Suffragettes: Rosalie Gardiner Jones and the March for Voting Rights

  • Best Books for Young Readers, American Booksellers Association, 2016

Speaking Engagements and Upcoming Appearances

Speaking Engagement Availability: (Yes)

Fees are negotiable

External Links

Zachary Michael Jack on WorldCat

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