Jack Wang

Jack Wang

Associate Professor, Department of Writing
Faculty, School of Humanities and Sciences

Specialty:Fiction Writing
Phone:(607) 274-3493
E-mail:wang@ithaca.edu
Office:430B Smiddy Hall
Ithaca, NY 14850

I hail from the fair city of Vancouver, British Columbia. After earning a Bachelor of Science in biology and anthropology from the University of Toronto and a Master of Fine Arts in creative writing from the University of Arizona, I spent four years teaching composition, literature, and fiction writing at St. Cloud State University in Minnesota. In 2006, I received a Ph.D. in English with an emphasis in creative writing from Florida State University. I admire writers who capture reality as “a fabric of microscopic accuracies,” to borrow a phrase from John Updike. Three of my favorite novels are Middlesex by Jeffrey Eugenides, Enduring Love by Ian McEwan, and The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier and Clay by Michael Chabon. When I’m not writing, I enjoy playing hockey, ballroom dancing with my wife, Angelina, and reading to our daughters, Zadie and Zoe.

Areas

  • fiction writing
  • history of the novel
  • Asian American fiction

Degrees

  • Ph.D. English (Creative Writing), Florida State University, 2006
  • M.F.A. Creative Writing, University of Arizona, 1997
  • B.Sc. Biology, Anthropology and English, University of Toronto, 1994

Appointments

  • David T.K. Wong Fellow, University of East Anglia (UK), 2014-15
  • Chair, Department of Writing, 2011-14
  • Director, Distinguished Visiting Writers Series, 2008-2011

Short Fiction

Children's Books

  • Cozy Classics: Tom Sawyer (Simply Read Books, Spring 2014)
  • Cozy Classics: Huckleberry Finn (Simply Read Books, Spring 2014)
  • Cozy Classics: Emma (Simply Read Books, Fall 2013)
  • Cozy Classics: Jane Eyre (Simply Read Books, Fall 2013)
  • Cozy Classics: Oliver Twist (Simply Read Books, Fall 2013)
  • Cozy Classics: Les Misérables (Simply Read Books, Spring 2013)
  • Cozy Classics: War & Peace (Simply Read Books, Spring 2013)
  • Cozy Classics: Moby Dick (Simply Read Books, Fall 2012)
  • Cozy Classics: Pride and Prejudice (Simply Read Books, Fall 2012)

Select Honors & Awards

  • Shortlist, Commonwealth Short Story Prize, 2014
  • Third Place, Tucson Festival of Books Literary Awards (fiction), 2014
  • Honorable Mention, Glimmer Train Fiction Open, 2013
  • Distinguished Merit, 3x3 Magazine Picture Book Show No. 10, 2013
  • Official Selection, Bologna Children's Book Fair Illustrators Exhibition, 2013
  • Honorable Mention, Glimmer Train Short Story Award for New Writers, 2012
  • Ben Labovitch Scholarship, Humber School for Writers Summer Workshop, 2011
  • Summer Research Grant, Office of the Provost, Ithaca College, 2011
  • Reassigned Time, Center for Faculty Research and Development, Ithaca College, 2010
  • Humanities & Sciences Educational Grant Initiative Award, Ithaca College, 2008
  • Reassigned Time, Center for Faculty Research and Development, Ithaca College, 2007
  • Phi Kappa Phi Artist Award, Florida State University, 2005
  • Award for Best Graduate Creative Writing, Florida State University, 2004
  • George M. Harper Award for Best Graduate Essay (English), Florida State University, 2003
  • Individual Artist Award, Central Minnesota Arts Board, 2001

Writers' Conferences

  • The Humber School for Writers Summer Workshop, Humber College, Toronto, Ont., 9-15 July 2011
  • Sewanee Writers' Conference, The University of the South, Sewanee, Tenn., 17-29 July 2007
  • Bread Loaf Writers' Conference, Middlebury College, Middlebury, Vt., 16-27 August 2000

Select Presentations

  • "Let Us Now Not Praise: Reflections on the Jane Smiley Approach to Workshop," Canadian Creative Writers and Writing Programs Conference, Toronto, Ont., May 2012
  • "The Valkyries" (reading), Canadian Creative Writers and Writing Programs Conference, Toronto, Ont., May 2012
  • Writing About Race in the Age of Obama, Chair, Association of Writers & Writing Programs Conference, Chicago, Ill., March 2012
  • The Science of Stories: What Cognitive Science Can Tell Us About Making Narratives, Chair, Association of Writers & Writing Programs Conference, Chicago, Ill., March 2012
  • "Ethnic Ressentiment or Why the Chinese Kid Doesn't Like Amy Tan," Presenter, Pedagogy Forum, Association of Writers & Writing Programs Conference, Washington, D.C., February 2011
  • Getting the Creative Writing Job: How We Did It and How You Can Too, Panelist, Association of Writers & Writing Programs Conference, Chicago, Ill., February 2009
  • What We Need to Talk About: On Teaching Writers of Color, Panelist, Association of Writers & Writing Programs Conference, Atlanta, Ga., March 2007
  • The Politics and Aesthetics of Writing About Race, Chair, Association of Writers & Writing Programs Conference, Austin, Tex., March 2006
  • SAMLA Fiction Writers, Chair, South Atlantic Modern Language Association Conference, Atlanta, Ga., November 2005
  • "Castrated Fathers: The Anxiety of Male Authorship in Asian American Literature," Presenter, Northeast Modern Language Association Conference, Cambridge, Mass., April 2005
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