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Jay Kirk

Jay Kirk

Jay Kirk is the author of the book Kingdom Under Glass, the adventures of legendary explorer and taxidermist Carl Akeley, which the Washington Postpicked as one of the “Best Nonfiction Books of 2010.” His work has appeared in Harper's, GQ, The New York Times Magazine, The Nation, Chicago Reader,, Peregrine, and Cimarron Review, andhas been anthologized in Best American Crime Writing 2003 and 2004, Best American Travel Writing 2009 (edited by Simon Winchester), and Submersion Journalism: Reporting in the radical First Person From Harper's Magazine. 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.” His forthcoming book, Avoid the Daywill be published by Harper Perennial in 2020.


Courses Taught

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