Stories & Articles

Fiction, Essays & Satire


"No Longer A Cowtown," Offline, February 2014

"Signing for Linemen," Five Chapters, January 2014

"Colorado Consolations," Proximity, January 2014

"Tumbleweed Letter," McSweeney's, October 2013

"Notes on A Thousand Year Flood," The Atlantic, September 2013


"Welcome to My Nanobrewery," McSweeney's Internet Tendency, April 2013

"New Ways to Summit Everest," The Rumpus, November 2012

"Casa del Rey," Santa Monica Review, Spring 2012

"Literary Guide to Denver," Poets & Writers Magazine, January 2012

"Writing the Decent Denver Novel," The Huffington Post, March 2011


"Moonlight, Starlight, Boogie Won't Be Out Tonight," Alaska Quarterly Review, Fall/Winter 2010

"How to Go Along to Get Along,McSweeney's Internet Tendency, May 2010

"Recycle, Compost, or Trash? A Guide," McSweeney's Internet Tendency, February 2010

"Lightest Lights Against Darkest Darks," Prairie SchoonerWinter 2009

"Community Relations," Image, Summer 2006


"Life Has A Board for Every Behind," CutBank, Fall 2002, nominated for the Pushcart Prize

"Every Happy Family," Eureka Literary Magazine, Spring 2002, placed third in the Glimmer Train Winter 1999 Very Short Fiction Award Competition.

"Young Spinster," BUST Magazine, Summer 2001

"Black Belt," Calyx, Summer 2000, Sport Literate, Spring 2000

"Hurts," Weber Studies, Summer 2000

"Shimmer," AIM magazine, Fall 1999, winner of AIM's fiction contest

"Last Summer's Song," Michigan Quarterly Review, Summer 1999, listed among the Notable Essays of the Year in the Best American Essays 2000

Journalism & Book Reviews 

Jenny reviews books regularly for the Dallas Morning News and High Country News and writes about the digital transition in books for PBS MediaShiftFor four years her reviews, author interviews, and news about Western books and writers appeared every week on NewWest.Net, where she was the Books & Writers Editor. Westword named New West's book page the "Best Literary Blog" in their annual Best of Denver issue:

Best Literary Blog
There are plenty of literary bloggers in Colorado, but most tend to divert their attention toward the coasts as the default harbingers of lit life. Not so at the New West website, which has a thread devoted to books and writers in the Rocky Mountain region. Boulder-based writer Jenny Shank offers almost-daily updates on local readings, publishing gossip and reviews of books penned by real, live Colorado authors; the blog also features in-depth interviews with such authors as Kent Haruf and Nick Arvin. Yes, Denver does have a lively literary scene — and you can find it right here.

Jenny Shank was proud to be a book reviewer for the late, great Rocky Mountain News from 2000 through 2009.

She was the Denver/Boulder A.V. Club Editor of The Onion from 2000 through 2006.

Her articles, reviews and interviews have also appeared in High Country News, PBS Media ShiftWestword, Boulder Daily Camera, Colorado Daily, Colorado Parent, Colorado Rockies Magazine, Miami New Times, Crosscut Seattle, and Western American Literature.




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