Jessica Lee Richardson
Assistant Professor and Coordinator of Creative Writing
Jessica Lee Richardson, a New Jersey native, lived in Brooklyn and performed Off-Broadway and elsewhere for several years before earning her MFA in fiction from the University of Alabama in 2013. She went on to teach at Rutgers University and her short story collection, It Had Been Planned and There Were Guides (2015), won the Ronald Sukenick Innovative Fiction Prize and was longlisted for a PEN American Center Award. Stories and poems have also won awards from the National Society of Arts and Letters and the F. Scott and Zelda Fitzgerald Museum and have been featured online at The Short Form, Ploughshares, and the Authonomy Sunday Shorts Series by Harper Collins. Her fictions have appeared or are forthcoming in the Collagist, the Indiana Review, Joyland, the Masters Review, and Word Riot among other places. She is currently revising a second collection of short stories about performance, and a novel about human weather.
Publications May 2020 to April 2021
“The Game Before Hart Goes.” The South Carolina Review. March 2021. Print.
“Placement Test.”The Rupture. January 2021. Web.
“Go Fish,” “Hitch,” and “Unbidden.”Heavy Feather Review. Forthcoming. Print.
“Crocodiles in the Pool.”The Commuter. Electric Literature. December 2020. Web.
“Horse Collar”and “Grease.”Willow Springs. August 2020. Print. (“Horse Collar” nominated for a Pushcart)
“Better than Dancing.” EX/POST. July 2020. Web.
“Out on the Isthmus.” New Delta Review. May 2019. Web. (Nominated for Best of the Net)