Jennifer Spiegel


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November 17, 2017: I see that I haven’t updated my webpage in a shamefully long time. In brief, I’m trying to publish both a novel and a memoir. I recently taught a workshop on writing intimacy, by which I  mean writing with a “Candor Aesthetic” (I’m thinking Elena Ferrante, Philip Roth, David Sedaris). I’m still reviewing books with Snotty Literati. And, yeah, I write. What else can I do?

April 29, 2017: Novel at the Bardo.

March 7, 2017: Don’t put your eggs in one basket.

November 1, 2016: The waiting is the hardest part.

August 31, 2016: Novel done and happening soon, memoir being revised. Stay with me, people. Stay with me.

July 15, 2016: The new anthology is out! Dead Inside: Poems and Essays About Zombies is available from Foiled Crown Books on Amazon! This literary collection includes both poetry and nonfiction prose, inspired by AMC’s “The Walking Dead.” I wrote a piece called “Slummin’ with the Walkers” for the anthology, and I’m a co-editor along with Lynn Marie Houston and Susan Allspaw Pomeroy. Please check out Foiled Crown Book’s website for some excellent resources, including a sample syllabus for courses, discussion questions for book groups, and a playlist inspired by the book and featured on Largehearted Boy.

April 8, 2016: Well, I’m in that anxiety-ridden part of the writing life: waiting for my new, finished novel to see the light of day, while writing my cancer memoir-in-real-time. (I’m now technically cancer-free.) I’ll keep you posted. In the meantime, I do have something coming out and I’m so excited! I wrote a narrative nonfiction piece on “The Walking Dead”! While you thought I was languishing away, I delved into the zombie apocalypse. Check out the link for pre-orders of Dead Inside.

Thanksgiving, 2015: I’ve been entirely out of touch for too long. I’m sorry, folks! I’m working on two books at once: my novel-near-completion and an unexpected memoir. In late June, I was diagnosed with breast cancer (thankfully, at an early stage). I’m writing a memoir in real-time, tentatively called Cancer, I’ll Give You One Year. I’m still book-reviewing with Snotty Literati (see the page, found in the links above).  Thanks for sticking with me!

Tuesday, February 17, 2015: I’m almost done with this book, and I can barely think about anything else.

Love Slave is now available on audio! was launched.

David Abrams, my famous writer friend, interviewed me. He called it “Adult Anxiety,” and I don’t know what to make of that, though I think he may be CRAZY.

I’m so pleased to be featured on KMSU Weekly Reader! This podcast features a discussion on Love Slave, in which we touch upon Generation X, humor writing, rock n’ roll, and my novel in-the-works. You can listen to the twenty minute podcast here.

Finally, someone (Dan Wickett) asked me about Lorrie Moore! I wrote this for Short Story Month 2013, which happened in May. Just about over!

They put me on TV! Totally famous poet Alberto Rios kindly had me on PBS’s “Books & Co.,” and I’m still reeling. If you scroll down, you’ll find four “bonus” videos--extended interview clips--which are kinda fun. I do a little pro-MFA thing in one of them. Go here for the link.

I got to be a guest on Brad Listi’s OTHER PEOPLE podcasts. I’m comforted by the fact that my husband took vows before God, so he shouldn’t leave me or anything. It’s kinda long, so you might want to clean out your closet or change the ink cartridges on your printer while listening.

2 Paragraphs asked a bunch of writers what they liked least about being writers. I’m honored to be included in such fine company. Check out my response!

Drinking Diaries interviewed me on addiction and substance abuse, and you can find the interview here.

The Freak Chronicles is listed in Library Journal's column "Goodbye 2012: Terrific Short Story Collections and Small-Press Bests.” Gasp! It’s a short story collection that couldn’t be forgotten!

The Freak Chronicles was named one of the Best Books of 2012 by Charles Rammelkamp. Plus, the Well-Readheads’ Year in Books includes Love Slave!

Exciting news! I’ve been nominated for two Pushcart Awards!  Camera Obscura nominated “Killing Castro” and Dzanc Books nominated “Goodbye, Madagascar.” I’m super honored and surprised! 

I’m especially fond of this piece called “Dear Teen Me,” in which--you guessed it--I write a letter to my teen self.

Here are the photos from my recent trip to Tucson, AZ where I read from The Freak Chronicles.

For some fun Freak-related links, check out the soundtrack posted on “Largehearted Boy: A Music and Literature Blog,” and a piece about my first publishing flop on “The Quivering Pen.”


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Author of
The Freak Chronicles (short stories) and 
Love Slave (a novel)

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