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Jesse Goolsby

Jesse Goolsby is the author of the novel I'd Walk with My Friends If I Could Find Them (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 2015). His fiction and essays have appeared widely, and include Narrative Magazine, Epoch, The Kenyon Review, The Literary Review, Alaska Quarterly Review, The Greensboro Review, and Redivider. He is the recipient of the Richard Bausch Fiction Prize, the John Gardner Memorial Award in Fiction, and a distinguished fellowship from the Hambidge Center for the Creative Arts and Sciences. His work has been listed as notable in both Best American Short Stories and Best American Essays, and reprinted in Best American Mystery Stories. He serves as Fiction Editor for War, Literature & the Arts and Nonfiction Editor for The Southeast Review.

Goolsby is an Air Force officer, and has served overseas and across the United States in logistics, education, and communications positions. He holds an English degree from the United States Air Force Academy and a Masters degree in English and Creative Writing from the University of Tennessee. He is currently pursuing his PhD from Florida State University under the supervision of Robert Olen Butler. Goolsby was raised in Chester, California, and now lives with his family in Tallahassee, Florida.