Jesse Lee Kercheval
Primary Profession: Writer
Expertise: Spanish, Poetry translation, Contemporary Poetry
Bio: Bio: Jesse Lee Kercheval was born in France and raised in Florida, She received her BA from Florida State University and her MFA in Creative Writing from the University of Iowa. She is the author of 12 books of poetry, fiction and memoir including Cinema Muto (Southern Illinois University Press, 2009), winner of the Crab Orchard Award; The Alice Stories (University of Nebraska Press, 2007), winner of the Prairie Schooner Fiction Book Prize; Dog Angel (University of Pittsburgh Press, 2004); Space (Algonquin Books, 1998), winner of the Alex Award from the American Library Association; and The Dogeater (University of Missouri Press, 1987), winner of the Associated Writing Programs Award for Short Fiction. Her novel, My Life as a Silent Movie, is forthcoming from the Indiana University Press. Her current projects include writing the introductory essay, selecting and translating poems for El Puente Invisible/ The Invisible Bridge: Selected Poems of Circe Maia. Poems from this collection are forthcoming in Pleiades: A Journal of New Writing, Agni, the Gettysburg Review, Blackbird and Jubilat. She is editing América invertida: an anthology of younger Uruguayan poets which will be published by University of New Mexico Press. She is also working on a bilingual Spanish/English collection of poetry of her own poems, Extranjera/ Stranger. Poems from the collection have been published or are forthcoming in bilingual format in Revolution House, the Cream City Review, the Sam Houston Review, Mantis, Tabula Poetica, Hinchas de poesía: a digital codex of contemporary pan-american writing. the Los Angeles Review, Bosque, and la fovea.. Kercheval has received fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts and the Radcliffe Research and Study Center at Harvard and has served on the Board of Directors of the Associated Writing Programs. She was the founding director of the MFA Program in Creative Writing at the University of Wisconsin-Madison and the Director of the Wisconsin Institute for Creative Writing from 1994 to 2010. She is currently the Zona Gale Professor of English as well as an affiliated faculty member of the Latin American, Caribbean, and Iberian Studies Program at the University of Wisconsin-Madison.
Professional Affiliations and Certifications: AWP: Association of Writers and Writing Programs
Publications: My Life as a Silent Movie. Indiana University Press, a novel, in production, forthcoming October 7, 2013; América invertida: An Anthology of Younger Uruguayan Poets, under contract with University of New Mexico Press; Cinema Muto. Carbondale, Illinois: Southern Illinois University Press, 2009: collection of poems, Crab Orchard Open Award in Poetry; The Alice Stories. Lincoln, Nebraska: University of Nebraska Press, 2007: story collection, winner of the Prairie Schooner Fiction Book Prize; Dog Angel. Pittsburgh: University of Pittsburgh Press, 2004: collection of poems; World as Dictionary. Pittsburgh: Carnegie-Mellon University Press, 1999: collection of poems; Space. Chapel Hill, New York: Algonquin Books, 1998: memoir.Also: New York: Berkley Books, Penguin/Putnam, 1999; Building Fiction. Cincinnati, Ohio: Story Press, 1997: book on writing. Also: Madison, Wisconsin: University of Wisconsin Press, 2003; The Museum of Happiness. Boston: Faber and Faber, 1993: novel. Also: Der Zauber Garten. Munich: Heyne Verlag, 1997 Also: Madison, Wisconsin: University of Wisconsin Press, 2003, with new afterword; The Dogeater. Columbia, Missouri: University of Missouri Press, 1987: story collection, winner of the Associated Writing Programs Award for Short Fiction; Brazil. Cleveland State University Poetry Center, 2010, a novella, winner of the Ruthanne Wiley Memorial Novella Prize;film history as train wreck. New York: Center For Book Arts, 2006: letter press chapbook of poems, winner of the Center For Book Arts Chapbook Prize; and Chartreuse. Venice, California: Hollyridge Press, 2005: chapbook of poems.
Education: M.F.A. Creative Writing Iowa Writers' Workshop, University of Iowa, Iowa City, Iowa B.A. History Florida State University, Tallahassee, Florida
Awards: Wisconsin Alumni Research Foundation Professorship, University of Wisconsin, 2013; Emily Mead Baldwin Award in the Arts, Arts Institute, University of Wisconsin, Madison 2012-2014; Sally Mead Hands Professorship, English Department, University of Wisconsin, Madison, Wisconsin, 2002-2011;Creative Writing Fellowship, Wisconsin Arts Board, 2009;Ruthanne Wiley Memorial Novella Prize, Cleveland State University, 2009; Open Competition Award, for Cinema Muto, Crab Orchard Series in Poetry and Southern Illinois University Press, 2008;Prairie Schooner Fiction Book Prize, for The Alice Stories, Prairie Schooner and the University of Nebraska Press, 2006;Center for Book Arts Chapbook Prize, for Film History as Train Wreck, Center for Book Arts, New York City, New York, 2006;Alex Award, for Space, American Library Association, 1999; Theodore Morrison Fellow, Bread Loaf Writers’ Conference, Middlebury, Vermont, August 13-25, 1996; Romnes Professorship, Graduate School, University of Wisconsin, 1995; Creative Writing Fellowship, Wisconsin Arts Board, 1991; Mary Ingraham Bunting Fellowship, Bunting Institute, Radcliffe Research and Study Center, Harvard, 1989-91; Literary Fellowship, National Endowment for the Arts, 1989-90;James A. Michener Fellowship for the First Novel, James A. Michener and the Copernicus Society, 1987-88; Associated Writing Programs Award in Short Fiction, for The Dogeater, 1987.
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