Writer, Simulacrum, Crone
Tales the Devil Told Me
Winner 2020 Press 53 Award for Short Fiction
"By turns witty and dark, extravagant and savage."
"What a clever, mercurial, metaphorical, topsy-turvy book of imaginings Tales the Devil Told Me is. By subverting our notions of notorious villains, Jen Fawkes has conjured a magic talking mirror whose words reveal our collective humanity and vulnerability. This is a marvel of storytelling filled with delicious surprises."
—Sharma Shields, author of The Cassandra
"Another remarkable book from one of our most talented short fiction writers."
– Largehearted Boy
Jen Fawkes's debut book, Mannequin and Wife (LSU Press) was a 2020 Shirley Jackson Award Nominee, won two 2020 Foreword INDIES (Gold in Short Stories/Honorable Mention in Literary Fiction), and was named one of Largehearted Boy’s Favorite Short Story Collections of 2020. Her second book, Tales the Devil Told Me (Oct 5, 2021), won the 2020 Press 53 Award for Short Fiction. Her work has appeared in One Story, Lit Hub, Crazyhorse, The Iowa Review, Best Small Fictions 2020, and many others, and has won numerous fiction prizes, from The Pinch, Salamander, Washington Square Review, and others. The recipient of the 2021 Porter Fund Literary Prize, she lives in Little Rock, Arkansas, with her husband and two kittens named Tessio and Clemenza.
Jersey Devil Press
Amazon’s Day One
The Iowa Review
Michigan Quarterly Review
The Massachusetts Review
Speaking of Marvels
Research Notes: How to Write Mannequin and Wife"
"Jen Fawkes's Playlist for Mannequin and Wife"
"Dangerous Women: a Conversation
with Jen Fawkes"
Fear No Lit
"Acknowledging the Power of the Margins: Jen Fawkes on Mannequin and Wife"
Southern Review of Books
"Strangeness in the Proportion: a Q & A with Jen Fawkes"