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The Best American Short Stories 2019 features Jenn Trahan and Jamel Brinkley

Nov 12 2019

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Jones Lecturer Jenn Trahan and Stegner Fellow Jamel Brinkley are featured in The Best American Short Stories 2019, a yearly anthology that highlights some of the best contemporary writers today. If you're looking for a short story to read, please be sure to check out Jenn Trahan's They Told Us Not To Say This and Jamel Brinkley's No More Than A Bubble.

A bit about the authors: 

 No More Than A Bubble

Photo Credit: Arash Saedinia


Jamel Brinkley, raised in The Bronx and Brooklyn, New York, is the author of A Lucky Man: Stories, a finalist for the National Book Award, the Story Prize, the John Leonard Prize, the PEN/Robert W. Bingham Prize, and the Hurston/Wright Legacy Award, and winner of the Ernest J. Gaines Award for Literary Excellence. His writing has appeared or is forthcoming in Ploughshares, Gulf Coast, The Threepenny Review, Glimmer Train, American Short Fiction, A Public Space, The Believer, and Tin House, among other places, and has been anthologized twice in The Best American Short Stories. A graduate of the Iowa Writers’ Workshop, he was also the 2016-2017 Carol Houck Smith Fellow at the Wisconsin Institute for Creative Writing.

  They Told Us Not To Say This

Photo Credit: Lisa Keating


Jenn Alandy Trahan was born in Houston, Texas, and raised in Vallejo, California -- where she was definitely in awe of Trent Zalesky's basketball skills. The first in her family to go to college, she graduated from the University of California, Irvine, with a BA in English and went on to earn her MA in English and MFA in Fiction at McNeese State University in Lake Charles, Louisiana. In 2016, she was awarded a Wallace Stegner Fellowship in Fiction. 

Jenn is currently a Jones Lecturer here at Stanford and is stoked to be teaching English 9CE, English 90, English 91, and two brand new courses: English 190SL: Light Through Language: Service Learning Through Creative Writing and English 90E: Investigating Identity Through Filipinx Fiction.