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Individual Author Record

General Information

Name:  Jac Jemc  

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Genre: C:ADULT Fiction



Illinois Connection

Jemc received her MFA from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago.

Biographical and Professional Information

Jac Jemc is the author of My Only Wife, a finalist for the 2013 PEN / Robert W. Bingham Prize for Debut Fiction and winner of the Paula Anderson Book Award, and A Different Bed Every Time. She has been the recipient of two Illinois Arts Council Professional Development Grants, and in 2014 was named one of 25 Writers to Watch by the Guild Literary Complex and one of Newcitys Lit 50 in Chicago. She recently completed a stint as the writer in residence at the University of Notre Dame and currently teaches at Northeastern Illinois University and StoryStudio Chicago, as well as online at Writers & Books and the Loft Literary Center, and she is the web nonfiction editor for Hobart.

Published Works Expand for more information

Titles At Your Library


-- ''False Bingo'', *Fall Read - The Boston Globe and the Chicago Tribune, Starred Review - Publishers Weekly, Chicago Review of Books Award for fiction, Finalist for the Lambda Literary Award for LGBTQ Speculative Fiction, Longlisted for The Story Prize -- ''The Grip of It'', *Finalist - Chicago Review of Books Fiction Award, Dan Chaon's Best of 2017 pick in Publishers Weekly, Vol. 1 Brooklyn's Best Books of 2017, BOMB Magazine Looking Back on 2017: Literature Pick, Vulture's 10 Best Thriller Books of 2017, Starred Reviews - Publishers Weekly, Kirkus and Library Journal, Recommended in Entertainment Weekly, O: The Oprah Magazine, Marie Claire, Esquire, W, and Nylon. -- ''My Only Wife'', *End of the year Top Ten list at Volume I Brooklyn. Finalist, PEN/Robert W. Bingham Award for debut fiction, Paula Anderson Book Award -- ''A Different Bed Every Time'', *Amazon's Best Story Collections of 2014