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JAY BARON NICORVO’s true-crime memoir, Best Copy Available, won the AWP Award judged by Geoff Dyer. His novel, The Standard Grand, landed at #8 on the Indie Next List, and his poetry collection, Deadbeat, debuted on the Poetry Foundation bestseller list.

He 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.

Jay’s writing has been featured on NPR and PBS NewsHour. He's served as an editor at Ploughshares and at PEN America, and 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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