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Jay Neugeboren - Bio

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JAY NEUGEBOREN is the author of 22 books, including five prize-winning novels (The Stolen Jew, Before My Life Began,1940, Poli: A Mexican Boy in Early Texas, and The American Sun & Wind Moving Picture Company), two prize-winning books of nonfiction (Imagining Robert, Transforming Madness), and four collections of award-winning stories.

His stories and essays have appeared in many publications, including The New York Review of Books, The Atlantic Monthly, Psychiatric Services, Black Clock, Ploughshares, Sport, The American Scholar, GQ, Hadassah, The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal and Literary Hub, and have been reprinted in more than 50 anthologies, including Best American Short Stories and The O. Henry Prize Stories.

His screenplay for The Hollow Boy, which premiered on American Playhouse, has won many honors, including top prize at the Houston International Film Festival. He is the recipient of numerous other awards, including fellowships from the Guggenheim Foundation, the National Endowment for the Arts, and the Massachusetts Council on the Arts, and is the only author to have won six consecutive PEN Syndicated Fiction Prizes.

An award winning documentary film based on Imagining Robert has been appearing nationally on PBS stations since 2004. His novel, 1940, published in 2008, was long-listed for the Impac Dublin International Literary Award, The American Sun & Wind Moving Picture Company was chosen as a Medal Finalist in Fiction by the Independent Publishers Association in 2013, and Poli was a Finalist for Best Young Adult Novel by the 2015 International Latino Book Awards.

Mr. Neugeboren was Professor and Writer-in-Residence for many years at the University of Massachusetts at Amherst, and has taught at other universities, including Columbia, Stanford, the State University of New York at Old Westbury, and the University of Freiburg (Germany). He now lives and writes in New York City, where he teaches in the Graduate Writing Program of the Columbia University School of the Arts.

His archive is housed at the Harry Ransom Center at the University of Texas in Austin.


Literary Agent: Murray Weiss murray@catalystlit.com

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