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JESSICA FRANCIS KANE was born in Berkeley, grew up in Ann Arbor, and graduated from Yale. Her first short story collection, Bending Heaven, was published in the US (Counterpoint, 2002) and the UK (Chatto & Windus, 2003). Awards and honors for her work include the Lawrence Foundation Prize from the Michigan Quarterly Review, fellowships from the MacDowell Colony and the Virginia Center for the Creative Arts, and a Pushcart Prize Special Mention. Her work has been presented on BBC Radio 4 and has appeared or is forthcoming in The New York Times, Virginia Quarterly Review, McSweeney’s, ZyzzyvaThe Yale Review, The Missouri ReviewA Public Space, and Granta. Her essays and humor pieces have appeared in Salon, McSweeney’s Internet Tendency, and The Morning News, where she is a contributing writer.

Kane’s first novel, The Report, was published by Graywolf Press in September 2010 and was a finalist for the Center for Fiction’s First Novel Prize, the Indie Booksellers’ Choice Award, and the Grub Street Book Prize for Fiction. It was also a Barnes & Noble Discover Great New Writers selection. The Report was published in the UK by Portobello Books in March 2011 and was chosen as a Best Reads 2012 for the Channel 4 TV Book Club.

Stage and film rights for The Report have been optioned.

Kane’s second story collection, This Close, was published in 2013 by Graywolf Press (US) and Portobello Books (UK). It was long-listed for the Frank O’Connor International Short Story Award and The Story Prize, and was named a best book of 2013 by NPR and Flavorwire.

Kane’s second novel, Rules for Visiting, is forthcoming in May 2019 from Penguin Press (US) and Granta Books (UK).

JFK lives in New York City with her husband and their daughter and son.

Photo credit: Nina Subin


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