Jayne Anne Phillips is writing a Civil War era novel concerning West Virginia’s Trans-Alleghany Lunatic Asylum. She is the author of five novels, Quiet Dell (Wall Street Journal Best fiction of 2013, Kirkus Reviews Best of 2013 selection), Lark and Termite (Heartland Prize, 2009 National Book Award finalist, National Book Critics Circle Award finalist, Prix de Medici Etranger finalist), MotherKind (New England Book Award), Shelter (Academy Award by the American Academy and Institute of Arts and Letters), and Machine Dreams (included in The New York Times’ Best Books of the Year, National Book Critic’s Award Finalist in fiction), and two widely anthologized story collections, Fast Lanes, and Black Tickets (Sue Kaufman Prize for First Fiction). She is the recipient of a Guggenheim Fellowship, two National Endowment for the Arts Fellowships, a Bunting Fellowship, a Howard Fellowship, and a Rockefeller Foundation Bellagio Fellowship. Information, essays, and text source photographs on her fiction can be viewed at www.jayneannephilips.com.
At MacDOwell in 2018, she completed work on two sections of her novel-in-progress, her eighth book. She has an essay forthcoming in Lapham's Quarterly and was inducted into the American Academy of Arts & Letters in May, 2018.
Portrait by Elena Siebert