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lives on an old farm outside Battle Creek, Michigan, with his wife, Thisbe Nissen, their son, and a couple dozen vulnerable chickens. He is the author of a novel, The Standard Grand (St. Martin's Press), picked for IndieBound's Indie Next List, Library Journal's Spring 2017 Debut Novels Great First Acts, and named a best book of the year by The Brooklyn Rail. He's published a poetry collection, Deadbeat (Four Way Books), and his nonfiction, twice named "Notable" in Best American Essays, can be found in Salon, The Baffler, The Iowa Review, and The Believer.

Jay’s writing has been featured on NPR and PBS NewsHour. He's served as an editor at PEN America, the literary magazine of the PEN American Center, and at Ploughshares. He spent years as membership director of the Community of Literary Magazines and Presses. He’s taught at Eckerd College, Emerson College, and Western Michigan University. He’s also stocked the toilet paper aisle of a Winn-Dixie, clerked at a drugstore, solicited donations for the Florida Police Athletic League, and waited tables at fondue restaurants, steak houses, and French bistros. He was most recently a guest artist at the Cornell College low-residency program in creative writing.

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