Biography


Jenny Shank grew up in Denver, Colorado, and earned degrees from the University of Notre Dame and the University of Color
ado. Her novel The Ringer (The Permanent Press, 2011) won the High Plains Book Award in fiction, was a finalist for the Mountains & Plains Independent Booksellers Association's Reading the West Book Awards, and was a Tattered Cover Book Store Summer Reading 2011 selection. 

Her stories, essays, satire, and reviews have appeared in The Atlantic, The GuardianMcSweeney's Internet Tendency, The Onion, Poets & Writers Magazine, Bust Magazine, Prairie Schooner, Alaska Quarterly Review, Santa Monica Review, Five ChaptersMichigan Quarterly Review, OfflineImage, Rocky Mountain News, Dallas Morning NewsHigh Country News, PBS MediaShift, The RumpusThe Huffington Post and The McSweeney's Book of Politics and Musicals (Vintage, 2012). One of her stories was listed among the "Notable Essays of the Year" in the Best American Essays and two of her stories were nominated for the Pushcart Prize. She won writing awards from the Center of the American West, the Montana Committee for the Humanities, SouthWest Writers, and the Barbara Deming Memorial Fund. 

Jenny Shank was the Denver/Boulder Editor of The Onion A.V. Club for six years, and for four years she was the Books & Writers Editor of New West, which was named "Best Literary Blog" in the Westword Best of Denver issue. She has taught creative writing at the University of Colorado, the Lighthouse Writers Workshop, and the Boulder Writing Studio. She is currently a Mullin Scholar in writing at the University of Southern California, and she lives in Boulder, Colorado with her husband, daughter, and son.

Read About Jenny:

Interview about writing satire with BeerAdvocate magazine.

Interview by fiction writer Steven Wingate on Fiction Writers Review.

Interview by novelist Craig Lancaster on A Mind Adrift in the West.

Interview by novelist Janet Skeslien Charles.

Interview by Traci J. MacNamara on New West.

Interview by Sally Evans on Embracing Creativity.

Radio Interviews:

Interview with Ryan Warner on Colorado Public Radio's Colorado Matters.

Interview with Chérie Newman on Montana Public Radio's The Write Question.

Interview on The Denver Diatribe podcast.

Interview on Take Two, a show on Los Angeles NPR affiliate KPCC, about the potential for used e-book sales.

Essays:

"Notes On A Thousand-Year Flood," for The Atlantic, September, 2013.



"Writing the Decent Denver Novel" in The Huffington Post.

Essay for the "When We Fell in Love" series on Three Guys One Book.

Book Notes essay for Largehearted Boy.

Denver Literary City Guide for Poets & Writers Magazine.

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