Jenessa Abrams is a Norman Mailer Fiction Fellow. Her writing has been nominated for a Pushcart Prize and has appeared in Tin House, TriQuarterlyGuernicaThe Rumpus, BOMB MagazineThe New York Times, and elsewhere. She has been awarded fellowships and grants from the MacDowell Colony, where she was named the Nadya Aisenberg Fellow, the Ucross Foundation, the Vermont Studio Center and Columbia University, where she earned her MFA in fiction and literary translation.

An alumna of the NYU Gallatin School of Individualized Study, she has a minor in Child & Adolescent Mental Health and a bachelor's degree in Madness as Metaphor, an examination of mental illness in literature and film. Recently, she earned a subsequent graduate degree in Narrative Medicine at Columbia University.

Currently, she teaches writing at Rutgers University.   

She is represented by Jamie Carr at WME. 


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