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Jay Kirk

Jay Kirk is the author of Avoid the Day: A New Nonfiction in 2 Movements (Harper Perennial), which Helen Macdonald (H is for Hawk) said "truly seems to push nonfiction memoir as far as it can go without it collapsing into a singularity and I am at a loss for words. You are just going to have to read it." His first book, Kingdom Under Glass, was picked by the Washington Post as one of the “Best Nonfiction Books of 2010.” His work has appeared in Harper's, GQ, and The New York Times Magazine, and has been widely anthologized in the Best American series. He is a recipient of a 2017 Whiting Writing Award, a 2005 Pew Fellowship in the Arts, and a finalist for the 2013 National Magazine Award for his story “Burning Man.” He is the founder and faculty adviser for Penn's experimental nonfiction journal, Xfic.


Courses Taught

fall 2024

spring 2024

fall 2023

spring 2023

fall 2022

summer 2022

spring 2022

fall 2021

spring 2021

fall 2020

spring 2020

ENGL 145.301 Advanced Nonfiction Writing: Xfic canceled  

fall 2019

summer 2019

ENGL 410.941 Creative Research: A Writer's Workshop canceled  

spring 2019

fall 2018

spring 2018

ENGL 145.301 Experimental Nonfiction  

fall 2017

spring 2017

ENGL 135.302 Experimental Nonfiction  

fall 2016

spring 2016

fall 2015

fall 2014

fall 2013

fall 2012

spring 2012

fall 2011

fall 2010

fall 2009

ENGL 010.302 Creative Writing  

spring 2008

fall 2005