Jonathan Escoffery

Jonathan Escoffery, photo by Cola Greenhill-Casados

Jonathan Escoffery is author of the critically acclaimed debut story collection If I Survive You, a September 2022 IndieNext Pick, also named a Best Book of September by Amazon and Apple Books. The book has been long-listed for the National Book Award, the Andrew Carnegie Medal for Excellence, the Aspen Words Literary Prize, and elsewhere, and is a finalist for the Southern Book Prize and the California Bookseller Alliance’s Golden Poppy Award.

Escoffery is the winner of the Paris Review‘s 2020 Plimpton Prize for Fiction and is the recipient of a 2020 National Endowment for the Arts (Prose) Literature Fellowship. His story “Under the Ackee Tree” was among the trio that won the Plimpton Prize, the 2020 ASME Award for Fiction from the American Society of Magazine Editors, and was subsequently included in The Best American Magazine Writing 2020. His most recent stories have appeared in the Paris Review, Electric Literature’s Recommended Reading, Zyzzyva, and American Short Fiction.

His forthcoming novel is Play Stone Kill Bird. Both books will be published in the UK and Commonwealth by 4th Estate Books, in Canada by McClelland and Stewart, and will be published in translation in France by Albin Michel and in Germany by Piper Verlag.

Escoffery is a graduate of the University of Minnesota’s Creative Writing MFA Program (Fiction) and attends the University of Southern California’s Ph.D. in Creative Writing and Literature Program as a Provost Fellow. He is a 2021-2023 Wallace Stegner Fellow at Stanford University.