Jensen Beach

Jensen Beach
Jensen Beach
Assistant Professor
802.635.2356

Northern Vermont University—Johnson

337 College Hill Rd.

Johnson, VT 05656-9741

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About Jensen


Jensen Beach is an assistant professor in the Department of Writing & Literature, where he is also the fiction editor of Green Mountains Review. Prior to coming to NVU-Johnson, he taught at the University of Illinois, the University of Massachusetts and the Danville Corrections Center.

He is the author of two short story collections, Swallowed by the Cold (Graywolf Press) and For Out of the Heart Proceed (Dzanc Books and Dark Sky Books). He is currently working on a novel and a translation of a book of short stories. His short story The Apartment was published in the Aug. 31, 2015, New Yorker, prior to its publication in Swallowed by the Cold.

His stories, reviews, interviews, and essays have appeared in A Public Space, American Short Fiction (web), Cincinnati Review, Fifty-Two Stories, Kenyon Review Online, Ninth Letter, Sou'wester, and Witness, among others.

Jensen has an M.F.A. in fiction from the University of Massachusetts Amherst and an M.A. in English from Stockholm University. His teaching interests include fiction, contemporary literature, literary publishing and editing, literature in translation, and writing studies.

Selected Publications


  • For Out of the Heart Proceed (Dzanc Books and Dark Sky Books)

  • Swallowed by the Cold (scheduled for 2016, Graywolf Press)

  • Stories, poems, nonfiction and reviews in The New Yorker, American Short Fiction (web), Cincinnati Review, Fifty-Two Stories, Kenyon Review Online, Ninth Letter, Sou'wester and Witness, among others.

Professional Activities


  • Freelance editor and translator

  • Editor of Hobart: Another Literary Journal

  • Member of Conference on College Composition and Communication

  • Member of Associated Writing Programs

Awards & Honors


  • PEP Grant, Conference on College Composition and Communication, 2013

  • Scholarship, Napa Valley Writers' Conference, 2012

  • Undergraduate Rhetoric Program Award for Excellence in Writing Instruction, University of Illinois, 2012

  • Tennessee Williams Scholar, Sewanee Writers' Conference, 2011