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Individual Author Record

General Information


Pen Name: None

Genre: C:ADULT C:YOUNG ADULT Fiction Poetry

Born: 1978 in Port Jefferson, New York


Illinois Connection

Ball lives in Chicago. He is a Professor of Writing at School of the Art Institute of Chicago (SAIC).

Biographical and Professional Information

Jesse Ball is the prizewinning author of numerous volumes of fiction and poetry. His work is a part of the tradition of Borges, Abe, Kafka, Walser, Kristof, Erpenbeck, Bernhard, Gogol and Schulz. His work has been published to acclaim in many parts of the world and translated into more than a dozen languages. He is on the faculty at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, is a winner of the Paris Review’s Plimpton Prize and the Gordon Burn Prize, and was long-listed for the National Book Award. He was named one of Granta’s Best Young American Novelists, and has been a fellow of the NEA, Creative Capital, and the Guggenheim Foundation.

Published Works Expand for more information

Titles At Your Library


-- '''Body of Work''' -- *Creative Capital Award Winner in Literature, 2016

-- *Illinois Author of the Year, Illinois Association of Teachers of English, 2015


-- "Census"

-- *A RECOMMENDED BOOK OF 2018 BY: The New York Times, Buzzfeed, Esquire, Nylon, The Boston Globe, The Huffington Post, The Chicago Tribune, The Rumpus, The AV Club, Southern Living, The Millions, The Chicago Reader, Kirkus, Publishers Weekly, NPR


-- "A Cure for Suicide"

-- *Longlisted, National Book Award


-- "Silence Once Begun"

-- *​Finalist, Young Lions Fiction Award

-- *Finalist, Los Angeles Times Book Prize