Shadow on Concrete Wall

Jen Fawkes

Writer, Simulacrum, Crone

Tales the Devil Told Me

Winner 2020 Press 53 Award for Short Fiction

"Nimble, wired, savvy, unpredictable, playful and poignant, the slant-tellings and narrative short-circuitings that constitute Jen Fawkes’ TALES THE DEVIL TOLD ME remind us with every story that literature is ever passionately intertextual, every piece a kind of thank-you letter to all the others that have informed, reformed, and deformed it." —Lance Olsen, author of MY RED HEAVEN
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Jen Fawkes has been a waitress, a tax preparer, a bartender, a museum interpreter, a cleaning woman, and a college professor. Her debut book, Mannequin and Wife (LSU Press), was named one of Largehearted Boy's Favorite Short Story Collections of 2020. Her second book, Tales the Devil Told Me, won the 2020 Press 53 Award for Short Fiction and is forthcoming in October of 2021. Jen's work has appeared in One Story, Crazyhorse, Lit Hub, The Rumpus, The Iowa Review, Best Small Fictions 2020, and elsewhere. She is the winner of numerous fiction prizes, from The Pinch, SalamanderWashington Square Review, and others. She lives in Little Rock, Arkansas, with her husband and several imaginary friends.

Tropical Leaves



"Sometimes, They Kill Each Other" (excerpt)

Lit Hub

Sept 2020

"Flight of the Businessman"

The Rumpus

August 2020



“We Can Learn from the Sawhorse”

Atticus Review

fall 2019

“Possible Wildlife in Road”


fall 2019

"Dear Delores Dale"


fall 2019


Jellyfish Review

fall 2019

“Options Counseling”

SFWP Quarterly

summer 2019

“Come Back, Rita”


spring 2018


Jersey Devil Press

fall 2017



spring 2015

“Tigers Don’t Apologize”

Amazon’s Day One

fall 2014



One Story

winter 2013/14

“Iphigenia in Baltimore”


winter 2013/14

“Rebirth of the Big Top”

The Iowa Review

fall 2013

“Never, Never”

Michigan Quarterly Review

winter 2013



“Demerol, Demerol, Benzedrine, Schnaps”

The Massachusetts Review

fall 2012


"Contributor Spotlight: Jen Fawkes"
Spring 2018
Interview with Jen Fawkes
Speaking of Marvels
October 2020
Mini-Interview with Jen Fawkes
August 2020
Interview with Jen Fawkes
Flash Monsters!!!
September 2020


"Inspired Imagination"

Arkansas Democrat-Gazette

November 2020


Research Notes: How to Write Mannequin and Wife"

Necessary Fiction

March 2021



"Jen Fawkes's Playlist for Mannequin and Wife"

Largehearted Boy

November 2020



"What to Read When You Suspect That Time Is Not a Line"

The Rumpus

August 2020


"Not a Love Story"

Miracle Monocle

spring 2017




Machines of Another Era by Bess Winter

Necessary Fiction

January 2021



Trafik by Rikki Ducornet

Necessary Fiction

May 2021



"Dangerous Women: a Conversation

with Jen Fawkes"

VIDA Review 

September 2020


"Release the Book: Jen Fawkes"

Fear No Lit

October 2020


"Acknowledging the Power of the Margins: Jen Fawkes on Mannequin and Wife"

Southern Review of Books

September 2020


"Strangeness in the Proportion: a Q & A with Jen Fawkes"

Arkansas Times

October 2020

Shadow on Concrete Wall


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