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 degrees from the University of Toronto and the University of Arizona, I received a Ph.D. in English/creative writing from Florida State University. I recently spent a year in Norwich, England, where I served as the David T.K. Wong Creative Writing Fellow at the University of East Anglia. I admire writers who capture reality as “a fabric of microscopic accuracies,” to borrow a phrase from John Updike. Three novels I admire are Middlesex by Jeffrey Eugenides, The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier and Clay by Michael Chabon, and Americanah by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie. When I’m not writing, I enjoy playing hockey and traveling with my wife, Angelina, and 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

Short Fiction

Children's Books

Select Honors & Awards

  • Pushcart Prize nomination for "The Valkyries," 2015
  • 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

Select Presentations

  • Reader and participant, Worlds Literature Festival, Norwich, UK, June 2015
  • "On Eschewing Praise in the Creative Writing Workshop," Great Writing International Creative Writing Conference, London, UK, June 2015
  • "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

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

Websites

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