Nonfiction editor for Orison Books, Jessie van Eerden is author of three novels: Glorybound (WordFarm, 2012), winner of the Foreword Editor’s Choice Fiction Prize; My Radio Radio (Vandalia Press, 2016); and Call It Horses, winner of the 2019 Dzanc Books Prize for Fiction (released 2021). She is also the author of the portrait essay collection The Long Weeping (Orison Books, 2017), winner of the Foreword INDIES Book of the Year Award. Her work has appeared in Best American Spiritual Writing, Oxford American, New England Review, Image, and other magazines, and in several anthologies, including The River Teeth Reader and Walk Till the Dogs Get Mean: Meditations on the Forbidden from Contemporary Appalachia.
She has been awarded the Gulf Coast Prize in Nonfiction, the Milton Fellowship, a Mid-Atlantic Arts Foundation Fellowship, and residencies at the Virginia Center for the Creative Arts, Fundación Valparaíso, and the Sundress Academy for the Arts.
Areas of Expertise
- Creative Writing (Fiction/Nonfiction)
- Spiritual Writing
- Appalachian Literature
- Graduate Tutorial in Prose
- Advanced Seminar in Creative Writing
- Intermediate Creative Writing
- Advanced Studies in Creative Nonfiction
- Winner, Dzanc Books Prize for Fiction, 2019
- Winner, Gulf Coast Prize in Nonfiction, 2018
- Emory & Henry College Literary Festival Presentation: “The Midrashic Impulse: Appalachian Writers Engaging Biblical Narratives as Fresh Material,” 2018
- Personal essay, lyric essay, cross-genre writers (Ilya Kaminsky, CD Wright, Anne Carson), biblical and midrashic narratives, how the philosophical thought of Simone Weil and Emmanuel Levinas informs creative work
- M.F.A. in Nonfiction, University of Iowa
- B.A. in English, West Virginia University
Publications & Articles
- “Good Fire ” essay in AGNI Online (April 2023)
- “Blessing for the Lice Check” essay in Scoundrel Time, April 2021 (winner of the Scoundrel Time 2022 Editors’ Choice Award in Creative Nonfiction) 21.
- “Bless the Smallest Hollow: On Longing and Online Dating” essay in Gulf Coast, 31.1 (Winter/Spring 2019) (2018 Gulf Coast Prize in Nonfiction)
- What I Want Your Voice to Do” essay in Blackbird 17.1, Spring 2018