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Gish Jen Bio

Gish Jen has published in The New Yorker, The Atlantic Monthly, The New York Times, The Los Angeles Times, and The New Republic, as well as in numerous textbooks and anthologies, including The Best American Short Stories of the Century, edited by John Updike. She is the author of two novels. Typical American (Houghton Mifflin) was short-listed for the National Book Critics' Circle Award and will be featured in an upcoming PBS American Masters program on the American Novel. Mona in the Promised Land (Knopf) was named one of the 10 best books of 1996 by the Los Angeles Times. Her most recent work is a collection of stories entitled Who's Irish? (Knopf). All three books are widely taught.

A graduate of Harvard University and the Iowa Writers' Workshop, Jen has received fellowships from the Lannan Foundation, the Guggenheim Foundation, and the National Endowment for the Arts. She has been Writer-in-Residence at the Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study, and is headed to Beijing this spring on a Fullbright fellowship. Most recently she was awarded a Strauss Living by the American Academy of Arts and Letters.

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