Jess Row
Poetics Essay

Nobody Ever Gets Lost

Jess Row's first book, The Train to Lo Wu, a collection of short stories set in Hong Kong, was pubished in 2005; in 2006 it was shortlisted for the PEN/Hemingway Award and a finalist for the Kiriyama Prize. In 2007 he was named a “Best Young American Novelist” by Granta. His stories have appeared, or are forthcoming, in Witness, Ploughshares, American Short Fiction, The Atlantic, Five Chapters, Ontario Review, Harvard Review, and elsewhere, and have been anthologized twice in The Best American Short Stories. He has also received a Pushcart Prize, an NEA fellowship in fiction, and a Whiting Writer’s Award. His nonfiction and criticism has appeared in Slate, Threepenny Review, Kyoto Journal, and The New York Times Book Review. An assistant professor of English at The College of New Jersey, he lives in Princeton with his wife, Sonya Posmentier, and daughter Mina.