Jackson Bliss

Jackson Bliss

Distinguished Visiting Writer

jbliss@bgsu.edu
445 East Hall
419-372-7684

Jackson Bliss is the winner of the 2020 Noemi Press Book Award in Prose and the mixed-race/hapa author of Counterfactual Love Stories & Other Experiments (Noemi Press, 2021), Amnesia of June Bugs (7.13 Books, 2022), Dream Pop Origami (Unsolicited Press, 2022), and the speculative hypertext, Dukkha, My Love (2017).  His short stories and essays have appeared in the New York Times, Tin House, Ploughshares, Guernica, Antioch Review, ZYZZYVA, Longreads, TriQuarterly, Kenyon Review, Witness, Fiction, Santa Monica Review, Boston Review, Joyland, Quarterly West, Arts & LettersNotre Dame Review, Arts & Letters, Joyland, Notre Dame Review, Fiction International, Pleiades, Hobart, African American Review, Stand (UK), 3:am Magazine, The Good Men Project, The Daily Dot, and the Huffington Post UK, among many others. 

He has a B.A. in Comparative Literature from Oberlin College, a M.F.A. from the University of Notre Dame where he was the Fiction Fellow and the 2007 Sparks Prize Winner, a M.A. in English from U.S.C., and a Ph.D. in Literature & Creative Writing from U.S.C. where he was a F.L.A.S. fellow, a College Merit Award Fellow, and a two-time ACE/Nikaido grant recipient. 

You can learn more about his writing here.

Degrees and Institutions

Ph.D. Literature & Creative Writing, USC, 2013
M.A. English, USC, 2012
M.F.A. English & Creative Writing, University of Notre Dame, 2007
B.A. Comparative Literature, Oberlin College

Areas:  Creative Writing, Fiction, & Creative Nonfiction

Research Interests:  Asian American literature, mixed-race/hapa identity in literature, APIA masculinities, digital narratives, Haruki Murakami, contemporary literature, epistolary writing, and experimental memoir

Courses Taught

Graduate and Undergraduate Workshops in Fiction

Contemporary Fiction

Techniques of Fiction

Select Publications

Long form:

Counterfactual Love Stories & Other Experiments (Noemi Press, 2021)

The Amnesia of June Bugs (7.13 Books, 2022)

Dream Pop Origami (Unsolicited Press, 2022)

DUKKHA, MY LOVE (Hypertext, 2017)

Short form:

The Geography of Desire,” Juked, Issue #17, Winter/Spring 2020

The Cult of Likeability (or Why You Should Kill Your Literary Friendships),” TriQuarterly, 23 January 2020

Our Words Will Save Us & Set Us Free,” Longreads, 18 March 2019

"Not Done With the World,” The New York Times, 23 October 2018

"The Scarcity of Affection Among among Men,” The Good Men Project, 9 October 2018

"Guide to the Other Side of the Universe," Angel City Review, Issue 5, 2017

When Words Make You Real,” The Beiging of America Anthology: Personal Narratives about Being Mixed Race in the Twenty-First Century, 2Leaf Press, 2017

"(My) Ten Rules for APIA/Hapa Fiction," Ploughshares, 6 August 2017

"Stories without Women," Ploughshares, 2 July 2017

"Matriarchy and the Tired Assassin," Ploughshares, 28 May 2017

"The Psychopathic Gaze:  Murder, Violence, and Misogyny in Natsuo Kirino's Out," Ploughshares, 12 February 2017

"Japanese Boy Band Saves the World:  Postcolonial Masculinities in Final Fantasy XV,Ploughshares, 8 January 2017

"The Conspiracy of Lemons," Witness, Vol. XXX No.2, Summer 2017

"Living in the Future," Arts & Letters, Issue 34, Spring 2017

"Obāsan in a Cup," Guernica, 17 August 2016

"The Velocity of Flying Objects,Pleiades, 30 July 2016

"How the Internet Changed the Way We Read," The Daily Dot, 1 January 2016

"Castaways and Worry Dolls," Joyland, 28 October 2016

"Oaxaca Smack and Space Gladiators," Hobart, 13 October 2016

The Day I Lost Rock and Roll," Boston Review, 23 September 2014

Cabrón,” Tin House, 20 September 2013

 “When Silence is an Old Warehouse and Love is a Pocketful of Rocks,” Fiction International, Issue #45:  Ways of Seeing, 2012

“I Didn’t Accidentally Karate-Kick the Stereo,” Last Night on Earth Anthology, So Say We All, 2012

The Blue Men inside My Head,” The Antioch Review, Fall 2012

“Kothar," Quarter After Eight, Vol. 18, 2012

30 Roofies,” Quarterly West, Issue #70/71, 2011

“Imperfect Stranger,” The Loudest Voice Anthology, Volume 1, 2010

“The Great Fall,” Fiction #56, 2010

“The Molestation of Skinny Boys,” African American Review, Vol. 43, No.1, 2010

A Full Cellar,” ZYZZYVA #88, Spring 2010

City of Sand,” Notre Dame Review, Issue 28, Summer/Fall 2009

“Broken Pottery,” Connecticut Review, Spring 2009

Cowboys of My Heart:  the 5-DVD Box Set,” Kenyon Review, May 2009

“Nimble Calligraphy,” Stand Magazine (UK), 8(4) 2008

“The Space Between Brooklyn and Manhattan,” Word Riot, July 2007

 “City Lunch,” 3:am Magazine, January 2007

Work in Progress

ALL THE PLACES WE WERE BROKEN, short story collection

NINJAS OF MY GREATER SELF, novel