Professional Bio

Jenny Shank's novel The Ringer won the High Plains Book Award in fiction and was a finalist for the Mountains & Plains Independent Booksellers Association’s “Reading the West” Book Awards. Her stories, essays, satire, and reviews have appeared in The Atlantic, The Guardian, Washington Post, Los Angeles Times, McSweeney’s, The Onion, Poets & Writers Magazine, Alaska Quarterly Review, Prairie Schooner, The McSweeney’s Book of Politics and Musicals, and many other newspapers and magazines. One of her stories was listed among the "Notable Essays of the Year" in the Best American Essays and she's won writing awards from the Center of the American West, the Montana Committee for the Humanities, the University of Southern California, and the Barbara Deming Memorial Fund. 

Jenny would love to work with students writing fiction and nonfiction in the form of novels, short stories, memoirs, essays, satire or anything else they can dream up. She’s especially interested in stories set in the American West, multicultural literature, and humor. Jenny is an avid book reviewer who enjoys giving reading "prescriptions" to her students based on their interests and goals. She demonstrates how to read like a writer so any good book can become a teacher.