Jesse Goolsby

Florida, United States

Member Since: 10/18/2011

Jesse Goolsby is the author of the novel I'd Walk with My Friends If I Could Find Them (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt). His fiction and essays have appeared in Narrative Magazine, Epoch, The Literary Review, Salon, Alaska Quarterly Review, The Greensboro Review, and many other publications. He is the recipient of the Richard Bausch Fiction Prize, the John Gardner Memorial Award in Fiction, and fellowships from Sewanee and the Hambidge Center for Creative Arts and Sciences. He has earned honorable mentions in both The Best American Essays and The Best American Short Stories, and his work has been included in The Best American Mystery Stories. Goolsby earned his PhD at Florida State University and currently teaches at the US Air Force Academy in Colorado. 


Twitter Username: @jessegoolsby


  • "Anchor and Knife" , Narrative Magazine (February 2014)
  • "Free: Your Purchase if Mount Lassen Erupts While Ordering" , Sycamore Review (December 2013)
  • "Pollice Verso" , The Literary Review (January 2014)
  • "No Doorbell" , Nashville Review (January 2014)
  • "Waiting on Red Dawn" , Alaska Quarterly Review (September 2012)
  • "Derrin of the North" , Harpur Palate (March 2009)
  • "Top of the World" , Epoch (October 2010)
  • "Safety" , The Greensboro Review (May 2011)
  • "Run Time" , Booth (January 2011)
  • I'd Walk with My Friends If I Could Find Them , Houghton Mifflin Harcourt (June 2015)


  • John Gardner Memorial Award in Fiction(2009)
  • Richard Bausch Fiction Prize(2010)


  • Bachelor of Science in English from US Air Force Academy (May 2001)
  • Master of Arts in English from University of Tennessee (May 2008)
  • Doctoral Degree in English (Creative Writing) from Florida State University (May 2016)

Genres of Interest

Fiction, Creative nonfiction