J. Bowers is a fiction writer who thinks about the hungry ghosts of silent Hollywood while she rides her little yellow pony through creek beds and forests.1923828_21510470923_720_n

Her short fiction has appeared in The Indiana Review, Redivider, The Portland Review, cream city review, The Cossack Review, The Laurel Review, Oyez Review, Zone 3, and other national journals, and is forthcoming in Ashland Creek Press’s anthology Among Animals: The Lives of Animals and Humans in Contemporary Short Fiction. She was the winner of the 2015 Midwest Short Fiction Prize for her story “Fred W. Loring and His Mule, ‘Evil Merodach,’ 48 Hours Before Death.”

Originally from York, PA, J. Bowers holds a B.A. in English and creative writing from Goucher College in Baltimore, MD; an M.A. in English and creative writing from Hollins University in Roanoke, VA; and a Ph.D. in English from the University of Missouri, Columbia, MO.  In the past, she has taught at Goucher College, Stephens College, Westminster College, and the University of Missouri. Her work on the 19th century, film studies, and television has been presented at  the Interdisciplinary Nineteenth Century Studies conference, the International Association of the Fantastic in the Arts, The Slayage Conference on the Whedonverses, and C:19: The Society of Nineteenth Century Americanists, among other national conferences.

J. Bowers is now a member of the full-time English faculty at Maryville University in St. Louis, MO.


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