Jonathan Escoffery


Jonathan Escoffery is the author of If I Survive You (MCD/ Farrar, Straus & Giroux), a New York Times and Booklist Editor’s Choice, an IndieNext Pick, and an International Bestseller. If I Survive You was nominated for more than a dozen prizes and awards internationally, including the National Book Award, the PEN/Jean Stein Book Award, the PEN/ Robert W. Bingham Prize, the Andrew Carnegie Medal for Excellence, the Aspen Words Literary Prize, and the Story Prize, and was a finalist for the Booker Prize, the Dublin Literary Award, the PEN/Faulkner Award for Fiction, the National Book Critics Circle’s John Leonard Prize, the Gordon Burn Prize, and the Southern Book Prize. If I Survive You received American Short Fiction’s 2023 Constellation Award for a Story Collection and was named Miami New Times’ 2023 Best Book by a Local Author. In 2023, Jonathan was named among the 36 Forces Shaping the Cultural Conversation by Harper’s Bazaar. He was a 2021-2023 Wallace Stegner Fellow at Stanford University and received The Paris Review’s Plimpton Prize for Fiction and a National Endowment for the Arts Fellowship in 2020. His story “Under the Ackee Tree” was among the trio that won the Paris Review the 2020 ASME Award for Fiction from the American Society of Magazine Editors, and was subsequently anthologized in The Best American Magazine Writing 2020. His writing has appeared in The New York TimesThe ObserverThe Paris ReviewOprah Daily, Electric LiteratureZyzzyva, American Short Fiction, and elsewhere.