Jessica Treadway

Photo by J.D. Levine

LACY EYE, forthcoming March 2015


Jessica Treadway's novel Lacy Eye will be published by Grand Central Publishing/​Hachette Book Group in March 2015. Her last book, Please Come Back To Me, is a collection of short stories published by the University of Georgia Press in 2010 as winner of the Flannery O'Connor Prize for Short Fiction.

Treadway's previous books are Absent Without Leave, a collection of stories (Delphinium Books/​Simon & Schuster, 1992), and And Give You Peace, a novel (Graywolf Press, 2001). Her fiction has been published in The Atlantic, Ploughshares, The Hudson Review, Glimmer Train, AGNI, Five Points, and other journals, and has been cited multiple times in The Best American Short Stories annual anthology.

A native of Albany, New York, she received her bachelor’s degree from the State University of New York at Albany before working as a news and feature reporter for United Press International. After moving to Boston to study for her master’s degree in the creative writing program at Boston University, she held a fellowship at the Bunting Institute of Radcliffe College and taught at Tufts University before joining the faculty at Emerson College in Boston, where she is a professor in the Department of Writing, Literature, and Publishing.

In addition to her fiction, she has published essays and book reviews for publications including The Boston Globe, The Chicago Tribune, and Glamour. She wrote the libretto for composer Ellen Bender’s opera of Nathaniel Hawthorne’s The Marble Faun and served as literary co-translator of “A Crowning Experience” by Kostiantyn Moskalets in From Three Worlds: New Writing From the Ukraine.

Jessica Treadway has received awards from the National Endowment for the Arts and the Massachusetts Cultural Council. A former member of the Board of Directors of PEN-New England, where she served as co-chair of the Freedom to Write Committee, she lives in Lexington, Massachusetts with her husband, Philip Holland.

Selected Works

Short stories
"One of the pleasures of these stories is the way in which Treadway layers them, introducing surprising characters and complications into already intriguing situations... Beautifully written and fully imagined, Treadway's work reminds us that the short story is alive and well." -- The Chicago Tribune
"Ms. Treadway’s stories reveal a writer with an unsparing bent for the truth."
The New York Times Book Review
"A stunning exploration of a family’s devastating loss."