Jayne Anne Phillips

  • Partial list of writings: Lark & Termite, MotherKind, Machine Dreams, Shelter, Fast Lanes, Black Tickets
  • Genres: Fiction, short fiction
  • Awards received: Winner of many awards, fellowships and prizes, including the Guggenheim Fellowship, two National Endowment for the Arts Fellowships and a Bunting Fellowship from the Bunting Institute of Radcliffe College.
  • Current residence: Jamaica Plain, Massachusetts

Jayne Anne Phillips was born and raised in West Virginia. Her first book of stories, Black Tickets, published in 1979 when Phillips was 26, won the prestigious Sue Kaufman Prize for First Fiction. Phllips’ first novel, Machine Dreams, named one of 12 Best Books of the Year in the New York Times Book Review, was a Finalist for the National Book Critic’s Circle Award. Phillips’ other books include Shelter, Fast Lanes,  and MotherKind. Her most recent novel, Lark And Termite (2009), was a Finalist for the National Book Award, the NBCC, and the Prix de Medici Etrangers. Phillips’ works have been translated and published in 12 languages. She is the recipient of many awards and honors, including a Guggenheim Fellowship, two National Endowment for the Arts Fellowships, and a Bunting Fellowship.  Her work has appeared most recently in Harper’s, Granta, Doubletake, and the Norton Anthology of Contemporary Fiction. She has taught at Harvard University, Williams College, and Boston University, and is currently Professor of English and Director of the Rutgers-Newark MFA Program at the State University of New Jersey in Newark.


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  • MFA, with Distinction, University of Iowa, 1978
  • BA in English, West Virginia University, Magna Cum Laude, 1974

Teaching Experience

  • Professor of English, Rutgers University, 2005-ongoing
  • Director, Rutgers-Newark MFA Program, 2005-ongoing
  • Curator/Director: The Writers At Newark Reading Series, 2007-ongoing
    • MFA Student Reading Series, 2007-ongoing
    • Writers At Newark High School Program, 2007-ongoing
    • Writers At Newark Reader’s Group, Newark Public Library, 2008-ongoing
  • Fiction Faculty, Fine Arts Work Center Summer Session, June 29- July 5, 2009
  • Fiction Faculty, Fine Arts Work Center Summer Session, June 29- July 5, 2008
  • Lillian Vernon Distinguished Visiting Professor, New York University, Spring, 2007
  • Faculty, Summer Literary Seminars, St. Petersburg, Russia, June-July, 2006
  • Writer In Residence, Brandeis University, Fall 1996 — 2006
  • Faculty, New Writers of the South Conference, Vanderbilt University, April 4-7,2000,
  • Faculty, Albany Writer’s Center, May 3-4, 2000
  • Faculty, Sun Valley Writer’s Conference, Sun Valley, Idaho, Aug.2000
  • Faculty, WICE Tenth Annual Paris Writers Workshop, Summer 1997
  • Faculty, Yellow Bay Writers Conference, Yellow Bay, Montana, Aug.’97
  • Faculty, Prague Summer Writer’s Workshop, July 1996
  • Visiting Senior Lecturer, Harvard University, Spring 1996, Spring 1995, and Spring/Fall, 1992
  • Faculty, Bread Loaf Writers Conference, Aug. 1996
  • Faculty, Latin American Writers’ Conference, Jan. 1996
  • Faculty, Prague Summer Writer’s Workshop, July 1995
  • Adjunct Associate Professor, Boston University, Spring, 1994
  • Visiting Associate Professor, New York University, 1993
  • Visiting Senior Lecturer, Harvard University, 1992
  • Fannie Hurst Chair, Brandeis University, 1990-92
  • Fannie Hurst Chair, Brandeis University, 1986
  • Adjunct Associate Professor, Boston University, 1983-86
  • Visiting Associate Professor, Boston University, 1981-82
  • Lecturer, Williams College, 1981
  • Visiting Writer, Oberlin College, Oberlin, Ohio, 1980
  • Writer In Residence, Vassar College, 1980
  • Assistant Professor of English, Humboldt State, University of California, Arcata, California, 1978
  • Teaching-Writing Fellow, Univ. of Iowa, 1977-78

Fellowships & Awards

  • Yaddo Residency Fellowship, June 20/ Aug 10, 2010
  • National Book Critic’s Circle Award Finalist, 2010, Lark And Termite
  • National Book Award Finalist, 2009,Lark And Termite
  • Heartland Prize for Fiction, 2009, Lark And Termite
  • Short-listed for the Prix Mediicis Etrangers Award, Paris: Lark & Termite

Notable Book Citations: Lark and Termite

  • San Francisco Chronicle ’09 Best Books of the Year
  • New York Times Critic’s (Michiko Kakutani) Ten Best Books of 2009
  • New York Times ’09 Holiday Gift Books 15 Best Books of the Year
  • New York Times ’09 Notable Books
  • Los Angeles Times Favorite Fictions of the 2009
  • Publisher’s Weekly Best Fiction Books of 2009
  • Christian Science Monitor Best Books of 2009
  • St-Louis Post Dispatch Best Books of 2009
  • Washington Post Best Books of 2009
  • Chicago Tribune Best Books of 2009
  • Barnes & Noble Review Best Books of 2009
  • Financial Times Best Books of the ‘09 (UK)
  • Paterson Fiction Prize (The Poetry Center) for Lark & Termite, ‘10
  • Bellagio Residency in Fiction, (Rockefeller Foundation), April-May, 2009
  • Yaddo Residency Fellowship in Fiction, July-August, 2009
  • Yaddo Residency Fellowship in Fiction, July-August, 2008
  • Yaddo Residency Fellowship in Fiction, July-August, 2007
  • MacDowell Residency Fellowship in Fiction, July- August, 2006
  • Yaddo Residency Fellowship in Fiction, July, 2005
  • Howard Foundation Fellow in Fiction: 2004
  • The Massachusetts Book Award (for MOTHERKIND) 2002
  • Nomination, Orange Prize (Britain) for MOTHERKIND, 2001
  • MacDowell Residency Fellowships in Fiction , July 2001, July 2000, July 1999
  • Academy Award In Literature, conferred by The American Academy of Arts and Letters, May, 1997
  • Selection, Publisher’s Weekly, Best Books of the Year: SHELTER, 1994
  • Guggenheim Fellow in Fiction, 1988
  • Nomination, National Book Critics Circle, Best Novel: MACHINE DREAMS, 1984
  • Selection, New York Times Book Review, Ten Best Books of the Year: MACHINE DREAMS, 1984
  • Selection, Years’s Best Lists: MACHINE DREAMS
    • Washington Post
    • Boston Globe,
    • San Francisco Chronicle
    • Los Angeles Times
  • (TWO) National Endowment for the Arts Fellowships in Fiction, 1978 and 1985
  • Bunting Institute of Radcliffe College, Fellow in Fiction, 1980-81
  • Fellow, Fine Arts Work Center, Provincetown, MA, 1979-80
  • Sue Kaufman Prize for First Fiction awarded BLACK TICKETS by the American Academy and Institute of Arts and Letters, 1980
  • St. Lawrence Award for Fiction: COUNTING, 1978
  • National Endowment for the Arts Fellow in Fiction, 1978
  • The Houghton Mifflin Fellowship, 1978
  • Fels Award in Fiction, 1976


  • PEN
  • Associated Writing Programs
  • Author’s Guild
  • American Association of University Professors



Untitled Novel (in progress): A novel, accepted and under contract to editor in chief Nan Graham, Scribner’s

Lark And Termite. New York: Knopf, 2009, 300 pg.; Jonathan Cape, 2009, 300 pg
Lark & Termite New York: Vintage, Jan. 2010, 282 pg; Vintage (UK), Jan. ’09, 254 pg
Glasmondmann Berlin: Berlin Verlag, Dec. 2009; 334 pg.
Lark et Termite: Paris; Christian Bourgois Editeur, April, 2009, 425 pg.
Kiure ja Termiitti Helsinki; Tammi (Yellow Library), April 2009, 316 pg.
Lola’s Kindern Copenhagen; Glydendal, April, 2009, 340 pg.
Alondra Y Termita Barcelona: Duomo Ediciones, May 2010, 315 pg.
Lark And Termite. Stockholm: Forum, May 2010, 345 pg.
Forthcoming Translations: Italy: Naples, Cargo, Sept. 2010
Maschinentraume Berlin; Berlin Verlag; Jan, 2009, 445 pg.
Das himmlische Tier Berlin; Berlin Verlag, Jan, 2009, 253 pg.

MotherKind. New York: Knopf, 2000, 292 pg.; London: Jonathan Cape, 2000, 292 pg.
MutterKind. Trans, Isabella Konig. Berlin: Berlin Verlag.2000, 429 pg.
MoederZorg. Trans. Irving Pardven. Amsterdam: Meulenhoff, 2000, 304 pg.
Morsband. Trans. Mimi Omdahl. Oslo: Aschehoug, 2001, 380 pg.
Aidin Aika. Trans. Kersti Juva. Helsinki: Tammi. 2001, 391 pg.
Traits D’Union, Trans. Marc Amfreville. Paris: Christian Bourgois, 2001, 427 pg.
Linea Materna. Trans. Montse Batista. Barcelona: Edhasa, 2001,429 pg.
Moderskarlek. Trans. Mats Hormark. Stockholm: Forum, 2001, 314 pg.
MHTEPEE. Trans. EOH OPYAA. Athens: Hestia. 2002, 409 pg.
Moderkaerlighed. Trans. Lise-Lotte Holmback. Copenhagen: Gyldendal, 2002,319pg.
MotherKind. Hebrew Trans. Ziv Lewis. Or Yehuda: Zmora Bitan, 2002, 349 pg.

Shelter. New York: Houghton Mifflin – Seymour Lawrence, 1994, 279 pg.; (and)London: Faber and Faber, 1994, 300 pg.
SommarLagret. Trans. Mats Hormark. Stockholm: Forum, 1995. 306 pg.
Zomercamp. Trans. Gerda Baardman. Amsterdam:Meulenhoff, 1995, 357 pg
Skilpaddetjernet. Trans. Ingrid Haug. Oslo: Aschehoug, 1995, 358 pg.
Suojelus. Trans. Kersti Juva. Helsinki: Tammi, 1995, 372 pg.
Campamento de Verano. Trans. Pilar Gorina. Barcelona: Seix Barral, 1995,318 pg.
Camp D’ete. Trans. Andre Zavriew. Paris: Plon, 1996, 329 pg.
Sommercamp. Trans. Karin Kersten. Frankfurt am Main: S. Fischer Verlag, 1996, 409 pg.
Campo Estivo. Trans. Delfina Vezzdi. Milan: Mondadori, 1997, 323 pg.

Fast Lanes. New York: Houghton Mifflin – Seymour Lawrence, 1987, 148 pg; London: Faber and Faber, 1987, 148 pg.
Roda-Viva. Trans.Soares de Alencastro. Rio de Janeiro: Editora Record, 1987, 145 pg.
Ytterfil. Trans. Merete Alfsen. Oslo: Aschenhoug, 1987, 143 pg.
Ytterfil. Trans Mats Hormark, Stockholm: Forum, 1987, 157 pg.
Uberholspur. Trans. Karin Graf. Frankfurt am Main: S. Fischer Verlag, 1987, 191 pg.
Pikakaistat. Trans. Kersti Juva. Helsinki: Tammi, 1987, 173 pg.
Snelle Levens. Trans. Marion OpdenCamp. Amsterdam: Bert Bakker, 1988 143 pg.
OverhalingsBaner. Trans. Niels Brunse. Copenhagen: Samlerens Bogklub, 1988,161 pg.
Vies Rapides. Trans. Marius Serra. Barcelona: Columna Editions, 1989.

Machine Dreams. New York: Dutton – Seymour Lawrence, 1984, 331 pg.; London: Faber and Faber, 335 pg.
Maskindrommar. Trans. Tora Palm. Stockholm: Forum, 1984, 325 pg.
Maskindromme. Trans. Niels Brunse. Copenhagen: Gyldendal, 1984, 325 pg.
Koneunia. Trans. Marja Alopaeus. Helsinki: Tammi, 1985, 308 pg.
Maskin-Drommer. Trans. Inger Gjelsvik. Oslo: Aschehoug, 1985, 264 pg.
SogniMeccanici. Trans. Francisco Franconeri. Milano: Mondadori, 1985, 366 pg.
Maschinentraume. Trans. Karin Graf. Frankfurt am Main: S. Fischer, 1985,457 pg.
Sonhos Desfeitos. Trans. Pinheiro de Lemos. Rio de Janeiro: Editora Record, 1985, 351 pg.
Reves de Machine. Trans. Pierre Alien. Paris: Albin Michel, 1986, 359 pg.

Black Tickets. New York: Delacorte -Seymour Lawrence, 1979, 265 pg.; London, Faber and Faber, 1993, 265 pg.
Svarta Biljetter. Trans. Ingemar Johansen. Stockholm: Forum, 1980, 197 pg.
Das Himmlische Tier, Trans. Karin Graf. Frankfurt am Main: S. Fischer, 1981, 260 pg.
Biglietti Neri. Trans. Oriana Palusci. Milano: Mondadori, 1981,.
Zwarte Kaartjes. Trans. Peter van Oers. Amsterdam: Bert Bakker, 1981,.
Billets Noir. Trans. Isabelle Chapman. Paris: Christian Bourgois, 1982, 251 pg.
Svarte Biletter. Trans. Toril Moi. Oslo: Pax Forlag, 1982, 197 pg.
Sorte Billetter. Trans. Niels Brunse. Copenhagen: Gyldendal, 1982, 210 pg.
Mustat Kuviot. Trans. Marja Alopaeus. Helsinki: Tammi, 1982, 278 pg.
(all American titles available in paperback from Vintage Contemporaries)


  • FAST LANES (Vehicle Editions, 1985)
  • HOW MICKEY MADE IT (Bookslinger Editions, 1984)
  • THE SECRET COUNTRY (Palaemon Press, 1983)
  • COUNTING (Vehicle Editions, 1978)
  • SWEETHEARTS (Truck Press, 1976)

Fiction or Essays

  • “The Power of Kismet,” The Daily Beast, (www.wowowow.com)
  • “House Calls and Tree Houses,” Smithsonian Magazine, Jan/Feb, 2010
  • “Rescued Toys,” Hallmark Magazine
  • “Ruminations with Readers: Rivers, Rafts, and the Dark,” new Afterword to The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn.” New York, Signet Classics edition, Penguin Books Ltd
  • “Never Just Dogs.” Writers on Their Dogs, ed. Lee . New York (forthcoming)
  • “West Virginia.” State by State: A Panoramic Portrait of America (featuring 50 Writers on 50 States). Ed. Mattt Weiland and Sean Wilsey. New York: Ecco Press, 2008. (forthcoming)
  • “Solly and Lark.” Granta 100 (Winter 2008): 17-28
  • “Termite Makes The Shape.” Murdaland, No. 2. Vol. 01, (Fall, 2007): 129- 145
  • “Language Immersion Seoul.” Narrative Magazine (www.narrativemagazine.com), Winter 2007
  • “Termite, 1959.” The Southern Review, Volume 41 (Winter, 2005): 60-76.
  • “Home.” Voices of the American South. Ed. Disheroon-Green. New York: Pearson Longman, 2005. 1311-21.
  • “Satisfaction.” The Contemporary American Short Story. Ed. Nguyen & Shreve. New York: Pearson Longman, 2004. 455.
  • “Termite’s Birthday, 1959.” Granta 82, Life’s Like That (Summer 2003): 109-124.
  • “The Big Valley,” Prime Times, 2003
  • “The Bad Thing.” Ploughshares, (Fall, 2003): 170-73.
  • “The Writer As Outlaw.” The Writing Life. Ed. Arana. New York: Perseus, 2003. 90-94.
  • “Polvo de Angel, Y Soy Tuya.” Trans. Ramey. La Generacion Encontrada. Mexico City: Universidad Autonoma Metropolitana, 2002. 80-82.
  • “Home.” The Pushcart Book of Short Stories: Best Stories from a Quarter-Century of the Pushcart Prize. Ed. Henderson. Wainscott: Pushcart Press,2002. 100-13.
  • “Lascivia (Lechery).” Trans. Yanez. La Forma Del Asombro. Ed. Yanez. Mexico City: Universidad Nacional. Autonoma de Mexico, 2001. 43-57
  • “Blind Girls.” The Longman Anthology of Short Fiction. Ed. Gioia & Gynn. New York: Longman, 2001. 1442-3.
  • “Schatzchen.” Trans. Karin Graf. Wie Mansich Bettet, So Liebt Man, Ed. Spatz. Berlin:S. Fischer Verlag, 2001. 143-44
  • “Obsession.” 3 Minutes Or Less: Life Lessons from America’s Greatest Writers from the Archives
  • of the PEN Faulkner Foundation . New York: Bloomsbury USA, 2000. 130-32.
  • “Taking Care.” (essay) Redbook, June 2000
  • “Big Boy Sports.” Granta 66. Truth & Lies (Summer 1999): 227-53.
  • “On Not Having A Daughter.” Mothers Who Think. Ed. Peri & Moses. New York: Villard, 1999. 36-43.
  • “The Widow Speaks.” (essay) from The Eleventh Draft, ed Frank Conroy, Norton,1999
  • “Home After Dark: Letter from Paducah,” (essay) Harper’s Magazine, Spring ‘99
  • “Alma.” The Workshop: Seven Decades of the Iowa Writers Workshop. Ed. Grimes. New York: Hyperion, 1999. 392-401.
  • “Bluegill.” Modern American Fiction. Ed. Leebron & Levy. New York: Norton, 1998. 115-120.
  • “Why She Writes.” Why I Write: Thoughts on the Craft of Fiction. Ed. Blythe. New York: Little, Brown, 1998. 188-194.
  • “Age of Wonders.” Doubletake . 5.1 (Winter 1997): 18-30.
  • “MotherCare.” Granta 55, Children: Blind Bitter Happiness (Autumn, 1996): 49-72
  • “Callie.” Family: American Writers Remember Their Own. Ed. Fiffer. New York: Pantheon, 1996. 65-70.
  • “Numbers.” Communion: Contemporary Writers Reveal the Bible in Their Lives. Ed. Rosenberg. New York: Anchor, 1996. 29-37.
  • “1934.” Stories of the Modern South. Ed. Forkner. New York: Penguin, 1995. 335-347.
  • “Home.” Love’s Theater, Women’s Erotic Writing. Ed. Selsdan. London: Robinson, 1995. 284-98.
  • “Buddy Carmody.” Granta 47: Losers. (Spring 1994): 159-74.
  • “Home.” Vintage Book of Contemporary Short Stories. Ed. Wolff. New York: Vintage, 1993. 410-25.
  • “Something That Happened.” The American Story: The Rea Award for the Short Story. Ed. Ozick. New York: Ecco Press, 1993. 300-06.
  • “Buddy Carmody.” Granta 47, Losers
  • “Lechery.” The Granta Book of the American Short Story. Ed. Ford. London: Granta Books, 1992. 474-81.
  • “Premature Burial.” The Movie That Changed My Life. Ed. Rosenberg. New York: Viking, 1991. 37-49.
  • “In Summer Camps.” Granta 35, The Unbearable Peace (Spring, 1991):165-200.
  • “Souvenir.” We Are The Stories We Tell. Ed. Martin. New York: Pantheon. 1990. 188-203.
  • “Black Tickets” (and) “Slave.” Nirwana Blues. Ed Heyne. Munich: Wilhelm Heyne Verlag, 1990. 119-36.
  • “Rayme.” New American Short Stories. Ed.Shbuya. Tokyo: Kirihara Shoten, 1990. 28-40.
  • “Cheers.” American Short Stories. Ed. Hitchchck. New York: Harper Collins, 1990. 776-78.
  • “Home.” Love Stories For The Time Being. Ed. Henderson. Wainscott: Pushcart Press, 1989. 365-80.
  • “Something That Happened.” American Voices: A Thematic/Rhetorical Reader. Ed Schechter. New York: Harper & Row, 1988. 446-50
  • Introduction to Maggie: A Girl of the Streets and Other Short Fiction, by Stephen Crane. New York: Bantam Clasics, 1988, vii-xv.
  • “The Heavenly Animal.” American Short Story Masterpieces. Ed. Carver & Jenks. New York:Delacorte, 1987. 340-52.
  • “The Secret Country: Mitch.” New Writers of the South. Ed. East. Athens: Univ. of Georgia Press,1987. 195-210.
  • “Cheers.” The Story and Its Writer. Ed. Charters. New York: St. Martin’s Press, 1987. 229.
  • “Fast Lanes.” Granta 19: More Dirt – The New American Fiction (Fall 1986). 47-71.
  • “Something That Happened.” American Wives. Ed. Solomon. New York: NAL, 1986. 258-62.
  • “Lechery.” The Norton Book of American Short Stories. Ed. Prescott. London: WW Norton, 1988. 742-48.
  • “Bess.” The Esquire Fiction Reader. Ed. Hills & Jenks. New York: Wampeter Press, 1985. 99-109.
  • “El Paso.” The Ploughshares Reader: New Fiction. Ed. Henry. Wainscott, New York: Pushcart Press, 1985. 243-60.
  • “Road Trip: The Real Thing.” Between Friends. Ed. Pearlman. New York: Houghton Mifflin, 1994. 85-93.
    “Bess.” Esquire, Aug. 1984, 58-60.
  • Introduction to The Pushcart Prize IX: Best of the Small Presses. Ed. Henderson. Wainscott, New York:Pushcart Press, 1984, 25-8.
  • “Danner, 1965.” Granta 12: The True Adventures of the Rolling Stones (Winter 1984). 147-66.
  • “Home.” Matters of Life and Death. Ed. Wolff. New York: Wampeter Press, 1983. 136-48.
  • “En datters erindringer (Reminiscence to a Daughter).” Trans. Overland. Vinduet 37 (1983) Ed. Overland. 25-34.
  • “Rayme.” Granta 8: Dirty Realism – New Writing from America (Winter 1983). 33-42.
  • “How Mickey Made It.” The Pushcart Prize VII: Best of the Small Presses, 1982-3. Ed.Henderson. Wainscott, New York: Pushcart Press. 376-78.
  • “Souvenir.” The Norton Anthology of Short Fiction, 2nd Edition. Ed. Cassill. New York: WW Norton. 1103-1206.
  • “How Mickey Made It.” Rolling Stone, Feb 5, 1981,28-30.
  • “Reminiscence to a Daughter.” The Atlantic Monthly, Nov. 1981, 32-40.
  • “Home” and “Lechery.” The Pushcart Prize IV: Best of the Small Presses, 1979-80. Ed. Henderson. Wainscott, New York: Pushcart Press. 29-42, 381-88.
  • “Snow.” Prize Stories: The O.Henry Awards. Ed. Abrahams. New York: Doubleday,1980. 209-224.
  • “Snow.” Fiction, Vol. 6 (Winter, 1980). 154-167.
  • “Souvenir.” Redbook, Nov. 1979, 41.
  • “Asleep In The Past.” Epoch, Vol. 24 (Fall 1979). 19.
  • “Lechery.” Persea (No. 2). Ed. Braziller. New York: Persea Books, 1979. 76-84.
  • “Sweethearts.” Pushcart Prize II, Best of the Small Presses, 1979-80. Ed. Henderson.
  • Wainscott, New York: Pushcart Press. 317-20.
  • “Home.” The Iowa Review, Vol. 9 (Fall, 1978). 91-102.
  • “Cheers.” Attaboy, Vol. 1 (Summer, 1976) Boulder: Vajradhatu Publications, 1976. 32.
  • “Sweethearts. Under The Boardwalk. 1960.” Truck (No. 15). Ed. Wilk. Carrboro: Truck Press, 1975. 196-98
  • “Benjy. Three. Shaping. Story.” Io, Mind, Memory, Psyche (No. 19). Ed. Grossinger. Plainfield: Io Press, 1974. 134-42.

Readings, Lectures and Presentations

2010 (selected)

  • West Virginia Book Festival, Keynote Speaker, Oct 17, 2010
  • New York Writers Institute, Skidmore College, July 22, 2010
  • University of Barcelona, “Writing Lark & Termite in the Shadow of History,” May 17, 2010
  • Brooklyn Academy of Music (BAM), May 6, 2010
  • Columbia College of Chicago, April 22, 2010
  • Hamilton College, April 1, 2010
  • Drew University, March 2, 2110
  • National Book Critic’s Circle Award Finalists Reading, March 10, 2010
  • Georgia Center for the Book, Atlanta (featured author reading /lecture) Jan. 12, 2010
  • Harvard Bookstore, Cambridge, MA (featured reader), Jan. 13, 2010
  • James Thurber House, Columbus, Ohio, Perf. Arts Center (featured author), Jan. 19, ‘10
  • Reading Group Appreciation, St. Louis Public Library, (featured reader), Jan. 20, ‘10
  • Writers Respond To Readers, Tattered Cover Bookstore, (featured reader), Denver, CO Jan.30,’10
  • In studio radio interview, Irene Rawlings, Denver, CO NPR, Jan. 20, ‘10


  • Heartland Prize for Fiction, Chicago Humanities Festival Reading, Nov. 8, 2009
  • National Book Awards Finalists Reading, New York, Nov. 17, 2009
  • Interview, Radio Four Woman’s Hour, BBC Broadcasting House, London, April 7, 2009
  • Interview, RTE Arts Show, Irish Nat. Radio, London, April 8, 2009
  • London Review Bookshop (featured reader) London, April 14, 2009
  • Labyrinth Books, (featured reader), Princeton NJ, March 26, 2009
  • Berea College, Berea KY, (featured reader), March 13, 2009
  • Lemuria Bookstore, (featured reader), Jackson MS, March 11, 2009
  • Square Books, (featured reader), Oxford MS, March 10, 2009
  • Quail Ridge Books and Music, (featured reader), Raleigh NC, Feb. 27, 2009
  • North Carolina State at Raleigh, (featured reader). Raleigh, NC, Feb. 26. 2009
  • American University, (featured reader), Washington DC, Feb. 25, 2009
  • Bard College, (featured reader), Annandale-On-Hudson, NY, Feb. 23, 2009
  • The Odyssey Bookshop, (featured reader), South Hadley, MA, Feb. 18, 2009
  • Women & Children First Bookstore, (featured reader) Chicago IL, Feb. 11, 2009
  • 92nd Street Y/Uterberg Poetry Center (reading with T.C, Boyle), NYC, Feb. 9, 2009
  • Harvard Bookstore, Cambridge MA (featured reader), Feb. 5, 2009
  • Happy Endings Reading Series (featured reader & song acc. members cast of HAIR), NYC, Feb. 4, ‘09
  • New York State Writer’s Institute, (featured reader) Univ. Albany, NY, Jan. 27, ‘09
  • Politics & Prose, (featured reader) Washington DC, Jan. 23, 2009
  • Free Library of Philadelphia, (featured reader) Philadelphia PA, Jan. 22, 2009
  • KGB Bar, NYC (featured reader), Jan. 18, 2009
  • Bookshop Santa Cruz, (featured reader) Santa Cruz, CA, Jan. 15, 2009
  • Kepler’s Bookstore, (featured reader) Menlo Park, CA, Jan. 14, 2009
  • Elliott Bay Book Company, (featured reader), Seattle WA, Jan. 13, 2009
  • Powell’s Books, (featured reader), Portland OR, Jan. 12, 2009
  • Cue Art Foundation, (featured reader, reception), NYC, Jan. 9, 2009


  • New York University (reading, with Tomas Dubrozy) March 8, 2007
  • New York University, (Benefit Reading, Washington Square magazine), May 4, 2007
  • “Montclair Public Library Benefit (featured author), April 28, 2007


  • “Thirtieth Anniversary Celebration of the Publication of Raymond Carver’s Will You Please
  • Be Quiet, Please? (Event host, a talk on Raymond Carver) PEN/Faulkner, Folger Library,
  • Washington DC.


  • “Home Is Where You Come From: The Fiction and Art of Jayne Anne Phillips.” (Keynote
  • address, reading, panel) Appalachian Heritage Writer’s Award, Shephard University,
  • Shephardstown, WV
  • “Going To Extremes,” (reading and panel) Boston Institute of Psychotherapy Symposium,
  • Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, Massachusetts


  • “Crossing Boundaries – 8th International Conference On The Short Story In English (readings
  • and panel). Universidad de Alcala, Alcala de Hanares, Mexico
  • “Literatures of the Americas” Conference (reading, talk, panel). Manchester Metropolitan
  • University, Manchester, England
  • Franklin & Marshall College, (reading and talk) Lancaster, PA
  • University of South Dakota, (reading and talk) Pierre, South Dakota


  • Bennington College, (reading and lecture) Bennington, Vermont
  • University of Massachusettts- Amherst, (reading and talk) Amherst, Massachusetts
  • Trinity College, (reading) Hartford, CT
  • Ohio University, (reading, talk, panel) Athens, Ohio
  • Kanawha County Public Library, (reading) West Virginia Writers Festival, Charleston WV


  • Washington College (reading) Chestertown, Maryland
  • Susquehanna University, (reading) Selinsgrove, PA
  • Kent State University, (reading) Kent, Ohio

Anthologies Including the Work of Jayne Anne Phillips (partial listing)

  • Why I Write, ed. Will Blythe, Back Bay Books
  • The Eleventh Draft, ed Frank Conroy, Norton,The Workshop: Seven Decades of the Iowa Writers Workshop, ed. Grimes, Hyperion,
  • American Short Story Masterpieces (Delacorte, Ed. Ray Carver, Tom Jenks)
  • Norton Anthology of Short Fiction (Norton, ed. R.V. Cassill)
  • Stories of the Modern South (Penguin, ed. Forkner/Samway)
  • Love Stories for the Time Being (Pushcart Press, ed. Chipps/Henderson)
  • New American Short Stories (NAL, ed. Gloria Norris)
  • American Wives (NAL, ed. Solomon)
  • Soldiers and Civilians: Americans At War and At Home (Bantam, ed.Jenks)
  • Deep Down: Sensual Writings by Women (Faber & Faber, ed. Chester)
  • The Esquire Fiction Reader (ed. Hills/Jenks)
  • The Ploughshares Reader (Pushcart Press, ed. Henry)
  • Matters of Life and Death (Wampeter Press, ed. Tobias Wolff)
  • The Pushcart Prize Anthology, Best of the Small Presses, Vol. I, II, and IV
  • Stories About How Things Fall Apart And What Happens When They Do (Word Beat Press, ed.Wadman)
  • The O’Henry Awards, 1980 (Doubleday, ed. Abrahams)
  • Best American Short Stories, 1979 (Houghton Mifflin, ed. Joyce Carol Oates)
  • We Are The Stories We Tell: Best Stories by North American Women Since 1945 (Pantheon, ed. Martin)
  • Listening To Ourselves (Anchor, ed. Cheuse)
  • Reasons To Believe: New Voices In American Fiction(St.Martin’s)
  • The Norton Book of American Short Stories (Norton, ed. Peter Prescott)
  • Sudden Fictions: American Short Short Stories (Peregrine Press, ed.Shapiro)
  • New Women, New Fiction (NAL, ed. Cahill)
  • Between Friends (Houghton Mifflin, ed. Pearlman)
  • The Signet Classic Book of Contemporary American Short Stories (ed. Raffel)
  • The New Writers of the South (Univ. Georgia Press, ed. East)
  • Images of Women In Literature (Houghton Mifflin, ed. Ferguson)
  • American Voices: A Thematic, Rhetorical Reader (Harper& Row, ed.Semeks)
  • The Granta Anthology of American Fiction (Penguin, ed. R. Ford)
  • The American Story: The Rea Award for the Story (NAL,ed. Cynthia Ozick)
  • Pegasen fran Prarien: Ny amerikansk prosa (Sweden)
  • and Other Stories (Japan)
  • New American Stories (Japan)
  • New Female Voices From America (Japan)
  • Love’s Theatre: Women’s Erotic Writing (UK, ed. Selsdon)
  • The Penguin Book of Lesbian Short Stories (UK, ed. Reynolds)
  • The Secret Self: A Century of Short Stories by Women (UK, ed. Hermoine Lee)

Interviews, Articles and Books on Jayne Anne Phillips (partial listing)

  • Adams, Lorraine. “Tunnel Vision: Jayne Anne Phillips links a Korean War massacre to the home front.” Bookforum. December/January, 2009.
  • Adams, Michael. “Jayne Anne Phillips.” Dictionary of Literary Biography, 1980. Detroit: Gale Research Co., 1981. 297-300
  • Allen, Brooke. “A Tale o f War and Family.” Wall Street Journal.
  • Baker, James N. “Being Led by a Whisper,” Newsweek, Oct 22, 1979, 116-18.
  • Behe, Rege. “Coming-of-age Tale Straddles Time, Location and Reality.” Pittsburgh Tribune. 1/11/09
  • “Boston’s Best Writer: Jayne Anne Phillips.” Boston Magazine, Aug. 1985, 148
  • Brown, Fred. “Jayne Anne Phillips.” Growing Up Southern. Greenville: Blue Ridge Publishing, 1997. 141-62.
  • Bufferd, Lauren. “Momentous Return For Beloved Writer.” Bookpage. January, 2009.
  • Edelstein, D. “The Short Story of Jayne Anne Phillips,” Esquire, Dec. 1985, 106-8.
  • Faldbakken, Knut, “En Sterk Stemme fra Amerika: Jayne Anne Phillips, “ Eva, Sept. 2005, 116-118
  • Gilbert, Celia. “Interview with Jayne Anne Phillips. Publishers Weekly 225, (June 8, 1984) 65-7.
  • Harrison, Kathryn. “Songs of Innocence: Jayne Anne Phillips’ Lark And Termite.” The New York Times Book Review. 1/18/09.
  • Ireland, Perrin. “An Intricately Structured Tale of Absence And Struggle.” Boston Globe, 1. 11, 2009.
  • Jarvis, Brian. “How Dirty Is Jayne Anne Phillips? Realism in Phillips’ Short Stories.” Yearbook of English Studies, Modern Humanities Research Association, Jan, 2001, 192.
  • Johnson, Sarah Anne. “An Interview with Jayne Anne Phillips.” The Writer’s Chronicle, Volume 34, No. 6 (Summer 2002), 4-10.
  • Kakutani, Michiko. “In War And Floods, A Family’s Leitmotif of Love, Memories and Secrets.” The New York Times. C1, C6, 1/6/09.
  • Keller, Julia. “Lark and Termite: A Ferocious New Novel About Family And War.” Chicago Tribune, 1/11/09
  • Nelson, Peter. “Interview with Jayne Anne Phillips.” Vis a Vis, May 1987, 80.
  • Pearlman, Mickey. “Jayne Anne Phillips: Women’s Narrative and History.” American Women Writing Fiction Lexington :Univ. Press of Ky, 1985.193-212.
  • Peschel, Joseph.“War, Floor and Family Intersect in Fascinating Tale.” St Louis Post Dispatch. 1.4.09.
  • Pooley, E. “Jayne Anne Phillips’ American Dream.” New York, July 23, 1984, 14.
  • “Portrait of Jayne Anne Phillips.” Harper’s Bazaar, Oct 1984, 117-18.
  • Reynolds, Susan Salter. “In Lark And Termite,’ Jayne Anne Phillips continues to explore vulnerabilities and the lasting effects of war on memory,” Los Angeles Times, 1/11/09
  • Roberts, Sarah. The Secret Country: Decoding Jayne Anne Phillips’ Cryptic Fiction. (Monograph, Costerus New Series 165), Rodophi, London, UK, November, 2006
  • “Snowbound with Jayne Anne Phillips.” Art & Antiques, Feb. 1985, 52.
  • Shea, Lisa. “Just A Shot Away: Lark And Termite.” Elle. January, 2009
  • Simpson, Mona. “An American Beauty: Interview with Jayne Anne Phillips. Vogue, July 1984, 117-18.
  • Stanton, David. “An Interview with Jayne Anne Phillips.” Croton Review 9 (Fall 1986): 41.
  • Turakhia, Vikas. “”War and No Peace: Lark and Termite. Milwauke Journal Sentinil. 1.10..2009
  • Wachtel, Eleanor. “Jayne Anne Phillips.” Writers & Company. Toronto: Knopf, Canada,1996, 256-69.
  • Watrous, Malena. “Lark And Termite, by Jayne Anne Phillips.” San Francisco Chronicle. 1/11/09
  • Yardley, Jonathan. “Jayne Anne Phillips: West Virginia Breakdown.” BookWorld–Washington Post, June 24, 1984, 3.