Reach me a few ways:
Emma Sweeney at Emma Sweeney Agency
245 East 80th Street, Suite 7E, NYC, NY 10075
Publicist at Algonquin Books:
email me at:
My personal timeline goes a bit like this:
I grew up in the greater Boston area (and if you're from Newtonville you'll remember me as Jessica Brilliant).
-Graduated early from high school because I couldn't wait to get out and explore the world outside the classroom.
-Eventually, got my B.A. (with honors) in English from Boston University.
-Picked up my diploma and then checked into a hospital for a bone marrow transplant. (I was fatally sick with a rare blood disease called Aplastic Anemia. For 2.5 months I lived in a sterile room. After I left the hospital, I spent another year avoiding germ-infested crowds. The happy ending to this part of my life is that the transplant worked. A complete cure.)
-Awarded a full-tuition scholarship from Brown U. based solely on writing excellence.
-Received a Masters degree in creative writing (fiction). Taught a fiction workshop to freshman.
-Married a wonderful man. We moved to Miami, Florida where I taught ESL, then freshman lit and comp. at U. of Miami, FL. and after a few more moves (Atlanta, Budapest, Portland, ME, Boston) we landed in Massachusetts. Raised our beautiful son. And our dog, a fish, a cat, and two degus. Taught writing at Boston University.
-Worked one summer critiquing manuscripts for the Senior Fiction editor at The Atlantic.
Early on, I devoted a lot of time to writing short stories, a form I love. My story, "Recovery," won second prize in Redbook magazine's fiction contest and is part of my new collection: Women In Bed. Over the years, my fiction has been listed in The Pushcart Prize under 'outstanding writers' and published in many literary magazines and online sites including The Southeast Review, Chariton Review, Northwest Corridor, Night Train, Eclectica, Wilderness House Literary Review, Connotation Press,The Nervous Breakdown, and Huffington Post. Other stories have been finalists or place winners in various contests.
I am also a recipient of a Massachusetts Cultural Council Grant in fiction.
In recent years I've been on some radio shows including a National Public Radio interview with John Ydstie. I've also been a guest on Reading with Robin radio show, Brad Listi's wonderful Other People Podcast, and David Brudnoy's radio show.
For ten years, I read and helped selection fiction submissions for Agni, one of the nations' top literary publications.
In 1997, started freelancing full-time for The Boston Globe Magazine and other national magazines including O, The Oprah Magazine, Inspired House, Coastal Living, Design New England and Poets & Writers. These days, I'm working on a new novel; I'm a Grub St. manuscript consultant, and I work as a senior proposal writer for Brigham and Women's hospital. My novel, STRANGERS IN BUDAPEST, will be coming out Fall 2017 with Algonquin Books.
P.S. You will find earlier works of mine under my full name: Jessica Brilliant Keener (Brilliant is my birth name.)
You can reach me by email: firstname.lastname@example.org (Don't forget to include the "1" after jessicakeener1@....)
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