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English and Creative Writing

Jessica Berger

Lecturer in English



Creative Writing, Editing and Publishing, Modern and Contemporary Fiction, Experimental Fiction, Film Studies, Pop Culture Studies


PhD, English with Creative Writing Concentration, University of Illinois at Chicago, 2018

MA, English with Creative Writing Concentration, University of Illinois at Chicago, 2010

BA, English, Studio Art
Lake Forest College, Lake Forest, IL, 2007
Gail DeHerder Memorial Prize in Creative Writing, 2007
Richter Scholar, 2004-2005
Deerpath Scholarship in Writing, 2003

Selected Publications

“Trophy” Fiction. Cosmonauts Avenue (January, 2018). Online.

“Final Girl” Fiction. Occulum (November, 2017) Online.

“Bradley” Fiction. Barrelhouse Halloween Edition (October, 2017) Online.

“King Kylie” Fiction. Ninth Letter (Summer, 2017). Online.

“Mouth/Sparrow/Mouth/Hands” Fiction. FANZINE (Summer, 2017). Online. 

“Nautilus” Fiction. Crab Fat Magazine (Forthcoming: May, 2017). Online.

“Kept” Fiction. Shirley Magazine, Issue Seven (April, 2017). Online.

“Sister K” Fiction. Gamut (Forthcoming, 2017). Online.

“Further Cause for Despair” Fiction. Maudlin House (January, 2017). Online.

“Attachment Theory” Fiction. The Spectacle (January, 2017). Online.

“Our Disappearance” Fiction. Moonsick Magazine, Issue Twenty (January, 2017). Online.

“Dreaming Americans; A Review of Peter LaSalle’s What I Found Out About Her” Book Review. American Book Review (2016). Print.

“Burial” Fiction. Suburban Diaspora, vol. 1 (2015). Online.

“Offering”  Fiction. Midwestern Gothic, Flash Fiction Series Finalist (2015). Online.

“The Passion of Gregory Robinson; A Review of All Movies Love the Moon”Book Review. American Book Review (2014). Print.

“Political Scandal; A Review of Kathleen Rooney’s O, Democracy!” Book Review. American Book Review (2014). Print.

“All in the Retelling; A Review of Colin Winnette’s Fondly” Book Review. American Book Review (2014). Print.

“Freedom: A Novel (I Stole That Title); A Review of Re:Telling: An Anthology of  Borrowed Premises… edited by William Walsh” Book Review. American Book Review (2012). Print.

“In Which You Should Not Judge This Book by its Cover; A Review of Debra Monroe’s Shambles” Book Review. American Book Review (2012). Print.

“Vile Bodied”  Essay. Trnsfr  (2011). Print.

“In Which We Travel Everywhere and Nowhere At All; A Review of Justin Andrews’ Concrete of Tight Places” Book Review. American Book Review (2011). Print.

“Story with Robots I-VIII”  Fiction. Pank  5 (2011). Print.

“A Matter of Degree.” Fiction.  (co-authored with Davis Schneiderman) HTMLGIANT (2010). Online.

“Teddi with an ‘I’” Fiction. The &Now Awards: The Best Innovative Writing (2009). Print

Professional Affiliations

Association of Writers and Writing Program