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

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

  • "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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