Follow Jen!

Latest Updates!

  • The Baker Artist Awards exhibit is currently on display at the Baltimore Museum of Art through September 11, 2016. There will be a reception on Wednesday, September 7th at 6pm with a performance by the artists at 7pm. This event is free and open to the public.
  • I'm so pleased to announce that I'm the recipient of the $20,000 Mary Sawyers Baker Award made possible by the William G. Baker Jr. Memorial Fund. Renowned artist Joyce J. Scott won the $50,000 award.  Read more here. Or watch the Artworks episode, which aired on Maryland Public Television and includes interviews with all the winners.
  • I'm the recipient of a 2015 Rubys Grant awarded by the Greater Baltimore Cultural Alliance for my forthcoming project "My Father's House" that will be exhibited at Stevenson University's Art Gallery in January 2017. Stay Tuned for more information!

Winner of the Dzanc Books Short Story Collection Competition!

"Jen Grow’s astonishing collection explores what we think we want, what we think we need--and what we end up with, in language as burnished and gorgeous as a ruby. Filled with a myriad cast of dreamers, housewives and lost souls, all desperate to renovate their lives--or at least understand them-- these stories are both a meditation on escape and a testament to that fragile miracle--hope.” -- Caroline Leavitt, New York Times Bestselling author of Is This Tomorrow and Pictures of You

"Jen Grow's stories are subtle, sophisticated, closely observed, and full of deep perception and real heart." -- Madison Smartt Bell

"Jen Grow writes with tremendous range and a gorgeous depth of feeling, elevating the story form to where it belongs. There is nothing slight in these stories and each is a world expertly, painfully rendered, leaving me feeling at once less alone in the world while opening me up to the myriad lives of others. An absolute gift of a book.”  -- Paula Bomer, author of Inside Madeleine

"In My Life as a Mermaid, Jen Grow tenderly illuminates the world of frozen fish sticks, cheap liquor, truck-cab homes, game show television, and post-war traumas. There is grace in each one of these unforgettable and moving stories." --Jessica Anya Blau, authore of The Wonder Bread Summer

“These sharp, beautiful stories are gem-like explorations of loneliness and longing, cast in prose that is rich with dark humor, danger, and sadness. My Life as a Mermaid is an enchanting collection, and Jen Grow is a thrilling new talent." --Laura van den Berg, author of The Isle of Youth and Find Me 

"Winner of the Dzanc Books Short Story Competition, this stunning collection introduces an important new voice in American fiction. The characters—among them a suburban wife, an alcoholic mother, two homeless men, and an injured veteran—grapple with being voiceless and feeling trapped."

TO ORDER MERMAID:  Dzanc / Barnes & Noble / IndieboundAmazon

SIGNED COPIES AVAILABLE AT: The Ivy Bookshop / Powell's / Brookline Booksmith / Elliott Bay Books