Jay Kirk's nonfiction has been published in Harper's, GQ, The New York Times Magazine, and The Nation. He is the author of the book Kingdom Under Glass. His work has been anthologized in Best American Crime Writing 2003 and 2004, and Best American Travel Writing 2009 (edited by Simon Winchester). He is a recipient of a 2005 Pew Fellowship in the Arts and is a MacDowell Fellow. He teaches in the Creative Writing Program at the University of Pennsylvania.
Where are you from?
Who are your favorite writers?
Denis Johnson; Cormac McCarthy; Lawrence Weschler; Saul Bellow; Nabokov; Philip Roth; Melville; Faulkner;
What is the single best piece of advice anyone ever gave you?
If you want to be a writer, don't think about a back-up plan: back yourself up against a cliff.
What is your favorite quote?
"Do not hurry, do not rest."-Goethe
What is the question most commonly asked by your readers? What is the answer?
Q: How do you really know what your characters are thinking inside?A: I ask them, or read their diaries.
What inspired you to write your first book?
Where do you write?
In bed. At cafes that play really loud music.