David Jauss

Arkansas, United States

David Jauss is the author of three short story collections, Crimes of Passion, Black Maps, and Glossolalia: New & Selected Stories; two poetry collections, Improvising Rivers and You Are Not Here; and the essay collection On Writing Fiction.  He has also edited or co-edited three anthologies, Strong Measures: Contemporary American Poetry in Traditional Form; The Best of Crazyhorse: Thirty Years of Poetry and Prose; and Words Overflown by Stars: Creative Writing Instruction and Insight from the Vermont College of Fine Arts MFA Program. His work has been published in numerous magazines and reprinted in such anthologies as Best American Short StoriesPrize Stories: The O. Henry Awards,;and, twice, The Pushcart Prize: Best of the Small Presses, as well as in The Pushcart Book of Short Stories: The Best of the Pushcart Prize and The Poetry Anthology, 1912-2002: Ninety Years of America's Most Distinguished Verse Magazine.  He is the recipient of a National Endowment for the Arts Fellowship, a James A. Michener/Copernicus Society of America Fellowship, and three fellowships from the Arkansas Arts Council and one from the Minnesota State Arts Board.  His collection Black Maps won the AWP Award for Short Fiction.  He teaches in the MFA in Writing Program at Vermont College of Fine Arts.

Website: www.davidjauss.com


  • On Writing Fiction , Writer's Digest Books (July 1, 2011)
  • Words Overflown by Stars , Writer's Digest Books (June 16, 2008)
  • You Are Not Here , Fleur-de-Lis Press (April 15, 2002)
  • Black Maps , Univ. of Massachusetts Press, 1995; Dzanc Books, 2013 (June 1, 1996)
  • Improvising Rivers , Cleveland State University Press (July 1, 1995)
  • The Best of Crazyhorse: 30 Years of Poetry and Prose , University of Arkansas Press (March 1, 1990)
  • Strong Measures: Contemporary American Poetry in Traditional Form , Harper & Row (March 1, 1986)
  • Crimes of Passion , Story Press, 1985; Dzanc Books, 2014 (April 10, 1984)
  • Glossolalia: New & Selected Stories , Press 53 (September 9, 2013)


  • AWP Award for Short Fiction(1995)
  • National Endowment for the Arts Fellowship(1991)
  • James A. Michener Fellowship(1980)
  • O.Henry Prize(1983)
  • Pushcart Prize(1991)
  • Pushcart Prize(1989)


  • Professor at University of Arkansas at Little Rock (July 1980 - May 2014)
  • Core Faculty Member at Vermont College of Fine Arts (December 1998 - )


  • Bachelor of Arts in Literature and Creative Wriiting from Southwest Minnesota State College (July 1972)
  • Master of Arts in Creative Writing from Syracuse University (June 1974)
  • Doctoral Degree in English with Creative Dissertation from University of Iowa (December 1980)

Genres of Interest

Fiction, Poetry