Jess Row

Jess Row was born in 1974 in Washington, DC. After graduating from Yale in 1997, he taught English for two years as a Yale-China fellow at the Chinese University of Hong Kong. He completed an MFA at the University of Michigan in 2001.

His first book, The Train to Lo Wu, a collection of short stories set in Hong Kong, was published in 2005; in 2006 it was shortlisted for the PEN/Hemingway Award and was a finalist for the Kiriyama Prize.

In 2007 Row was named a “Best Young American Novelist” by Granta, and his stories have been selected three times for The Best American Short Stories and have won two Pushcart Prizes.

His second collection of stories, Nobody Ever Gets Lost, was published in February 2011 by FiveChapters Books.

In 2009, Row and his wife, Sonya Posmentier, started Suture Press, which publishes limited edition chapbooks of short fiction and poetry.

Row is an associate professor of English and Buddhist chaplain at The College of New Jersey. He is also a core faculty member in the low-residency MFA program at the Vermont College of Fine Arts, and teaches in the MFA program at the City University of Hong Kong.