Tom Jenks

Tom Jenks's articles, essays, reviews, and interviews have appeared in Esquire, Harper's, Vanity Fair, the Los Angeles Times, Conde Nast's Traveler, Manhattan, Inc., Missouri Review, Columbia, Reasons to Believe (St. Martin's Press). The Encyclopedia of Literary Biography, and elsewhere.

He edits Narrative magazine and is a former fiction editor of Esquire, advisory editor The Paris Review, senior editor at Scribner's, and literary editor of Gentlemen's Quarterly.

He has given classes at the Iowa Writers’ Workshop, the Creative Writing Programs at University of California (Irvine and Davis), Washington University in St. Louis, the Squaw Valley and Bennington Summer Writing Workshops and, privately, in New York, Boston, Washington, D.C., Chicago, Denver, Seattle, Portland, Los Angeles, and San Francisco.

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Books and projects written and edited by Tom Jenks include:

American Short Story Masterpieces, American Short Story Masterpieces, edited by Raymond Carver and Tom Jenks. First published in 1987, this outstanding anthology has been continuously in print, selling hundreds of thousands of copies, and is a standard text in colleges and universities throughout the U.S. Available in a Dell Books paperback. Available online from Amazon or by calling 1-800-223-6834 or from your bookstore.

The Garden of Eden by Ernest Hemingway Papa's best-selling, posthumously published, final novel. Unfinished at the time of Hemingway's death in 1961, the manuscript versions of The Garden of Eden stretched to thousands of pages and had resisted attempts to edit it until Tom Jenks brought it to trade publication in 1986.

For BBC’s American Visions: Montana Cowboys, a one-hour program on rural life in America and part of an extended series examining the U.S., Tom Jenks helped drive three hundred horses across thousands of acres of rugged terrain, in and out of towns, across an interstate highway, and past a 40-foot cliff and other dangers to home. It’s an exhilarating and terrifying ride that provides a metaphor for Montana and America today. Tom scripted and narrated the program.

The Writer's Life: Intimate Thoughts on Work, Love, Inspiration, and Fame from the Diaries of the World's Great Writers, edited with Carol Edgarian. Published by Vintage Books in November 1997. Available from Amazon or by calling 1-800-223-6834 or from your bookstore.


Tom Jenks's short story "Braid," originally published in Ploughshares and nominated for a Pushcart Prize.



Tom Jenks's short story "In the Room of the Angels," originally published in Story and nominated for a National Magazine Award.


Our Happiness
A novel, published by Bantam, 1991. Available from Amazon.

20 Under 30, edited by Debra Spark, originally published by Tom Jenks at Scribner's. This best-selling anthology has been continuously in print for more than ten years and includes famous early work by Lorrie Moore, Mona Simpson, Susan Minot, David Leavitt, Kate Wheeler, and many others. Available from Bibliofind.

These three titles are somewhat scarce but can be located
through a good
rare book dealer or online through Bibliofind.

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