Jayne Anne Phillips
Phillips has held teaching positions at several colleges and universities, including Harvard University, Williams College, and Boston University. She is currently Professor of English and Founder/Director of the Rutgers–Newark Master of Fine Arts in Creative Writing Program.   During its inaugural year, The Atlantic magazine named Phillips' MFA program at Rutgers–Newark to its list of "Five Up-and-Coming" creative writing programs in the United States.
During the mid-1970s, she left West Virginia for California, embarking on a cross-country trip that would lead to numerous jobs, experiences, and encounters that would greatly affect her fiction, with its focus on lonely, lost souls and struggling survivors.
Her next collection, Black Tickets, published by Delacorte/Seymour Lawrence in 1979, was her first commercial success and brought her national attention as a talented and important writer. Black Tickets contained three types of stories: one page fictions, inner soliloquies, and family dramas. These stories focused on her characters' loneliness, alienation, and unsuccessful searches for happiness. Black Tickets is mentioned in the 2006 lectures for the Modern Scholar series installment From Here to Infinity, by Professor Michael D. C. Drout, who refers to her style—which he asserts was a direct influence on William Gibson's 1984 cyberpunk novel Neuromancer—as a "headlong rush of story and description".
Phillips followed her first novel, Machine Dreams, with Fast Lanes, a 1988 collection of ten stories, all first-person narratives. Shortly after this, the president of ABC Daytime offered her the head writing position on the ratings challenged soap opera Loving. After serious consideration, Phillips declined the offer.
In 1994, Phillips published her second novel, Shelter, a portrait of the loss of innocence at a West Virginia girls' camp in the summer of 1963.
Phillips' works have been translated and published in twelve foreign languages. She is the recipient of a Guggenheim Fellowship, two National Endowment for the Arts Fellowships, and a Bunting Fellowship from the Bunting Institute of Radcliffe College.
Phillips and her husband, Dr. Mark Stockman, have two sons. He has two sons from his first marriage. One of their sons, Theo Stockman, was an original member of the revival of Hair on Broadway and was a featured ensemble member in American Idiot.
- Drout, Michael D. C. (2006). From Here to Infinity: An Exploration of Science Fiction Literature. The Modern Scholar. Recorded Books. p. 47. ISBN 978-1-4193-8877-4. Retrieved 8 March 2013.
- "Rutgers University, Newark, Professor Jayne Anne Phillips Named National Book Award Finalist". rutgers. Retrieved 2010-02-25.