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Jac Jemc lives in Chicago. Her novel The Grip of It is forthcoming from FSG Originals in August 2017.  Jemc is also the author of My Only Wife (Dzanc Books), named a finalist for the 2013 PEN/Robert W. Bingham Prize for Debut Fiction and winner of the Paula Anderson Book Award;  A Different Bed Every Time (Dzanc Books), named one of Amazon's Best Story Collections of 2014; and a chapbook of stories, These Strangers She'd Invited In (Greying Ghost Press).  Jac's nonfiction has been featured on the long list for Best American Essays and her story "Women in Wells" was featured in the 2010 Best of the Web anthology. Jac received her MFA from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago and has completed residencies at The Danish Center for Writers and Translators, Ragdale, the Vermont Studio Center, Thicket, The Rensing Center, and VCCA. She has been the recipient of two Illinois Arts Council Professional Development Grants, and in 2014 she was named as one of 25 Writers to Watch by the Guild Literary Complex and one of New City's Lit 50 in Chicago. She recently completed a stint as Writer-in-Residence at the University of Notre Dame and currently teaches at Northeastern Illinois University, Loyola University, Lake Forest College, and Story Studio Chicago, as well as online at Writers & Books and The Loft Literary Center. She currently serves as a web nonfiction editor for Hobart.  

Jac Jemc is represented by Claudia Ballard at William Morris Endeavor.