Gish Jen

Gish Jen, photo by Romana Vysatova
Gish Jen, photo by Romana Vysatova

Gish Jen has published short work in the New Yorker, the Atlantic, and dozens of other periodicals, anthologies, and textbooks. Her work has appeared in The Best American Short Stories anthologies four times, including The Best American Short Stories of the Century edited by John Updike. Nominated for a National Book Critics Circle Award, her work is widely taught and was featured in a PBS American Masters special on the American novel.

Jen is a member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. She has been awarded a Lannan Literary Award for Fiction, a Guggenheim Fellowship, a Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study Fellowship, and a Mildred and Harold Strauss Livings Award from the American Academy of Arts and Letters. She has also delivered the William E. Massey, Sr., Lectures in the History of American Civilization at Harvard University.

Her newest novel is her eighth book. Called The Resisters, it will be published by Knopf in February.


selected bibliography

The Registers by Gish Jen
The Resisters (2020)
World and Town by Gish Jen
World and Town (2010)
The Love Wife by Gish Jen
The Love Wife (2004)
Typical American by Gish Jen
Typical American (1991)

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online resources

Gish Jen’s website
Penguin Random House page for The Resisters
“Jen on the Poignancy of an Adopted Language,” the New Yorker, March 12, 2018
“In Girl at the Baggage Claim, Exploring the Cultural Divide Between East and West,” NPR’s Here & Now, March 8, 2017

Video: Jen speaks at the 2016 Key West Literary Seminar