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Writer; and Professor, Creative Writing Program, School of the Art Institute of Chicago

Mary Ellen von der Heyden Fellow in Fiction - Class of Spring 2019

Jesse Ball is the author of more than fifteen books, including nine novels, books of poetry, short fiction, and nonfiction, most recently the novel Census (Ecco, 2018). Ball has been a fellow of the Guggenheim Foundation, NEA, and Creative Capital Foundation. His novel A Cure for Suicide (Pantheon, 2015) was long-listed for the National Book Award. He won the Plimpton Prize in 2008 for the tale “The Early Deaths of Lubeck, Brennan, Harp & Carr.” Ball’s works have been translated into many languages. He is on the faculty at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago.

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