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JAY BARON NICORVO lives on an old farm outside Battle Creek, Michigan, with his wife, Thisbe Nissen, their son, a couple cats, a dog, and a dozen chickens. His true-crime memoir, Best Copy Available, just won the AWP Award judged by Geoff Dyer, and will appear in fall ‘24.


Jay’s published a novel, The Standard Grand (St. Martin's Press), that landed at 8 on IndieBound's Indie Next List, made Library Journal's Debut Novels Great First Acts, and was named a best book of the year by The Brooklyn Rail. His first book, Deadbeat (Four Way Books), a poetry collection, debuted on the Poetry Foundation bestseller list.

Jay’s writing has been featured on NPR and PBS NewsHour. He's served as an editor at Ploughshares and at PEN America. He spent years as membership director of the Community of Literary Magazines and Presses in NYC.


A proud community-college graduate, Jay'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 a fondue restaurant, a steak house, and a French bistro. He was most recently a guest artist at the Cornell College low-residency program in creative writing.

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