Jeff Sharlet (writer)

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Jeff Sharlet
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Born 1972
Residence Brooklyn, New York
Nationality  United States
Alma mater Hampshire College
Occupation author
Employer contributing editor for Harper's and Rolling Stone, published by Free Press/Simon & Schuster, HarperCollins, Little, Brown, and W.W. Norton
Known for books, magazine articles
Spouse(s) Julia Rabig

Jeff Sharlet (born 1972) is an American journalist and author. He is a contributing editor for Harper's and Rolling Stone. His work has also appeared in Lapham's Quarterly, Oxford American, The Washington Post, Mother Jones, New York, The Chronicle of Higher Education, Columbia Journalism Review, New Statesman, The Nation, The New Republic, Forward, Nerve, and The Baffler. He has taught at New York University and is Mellon Assistant Professor of English at Dartmouth College. He is the recipient of the Molly National Journalism Prize, the International Gay and Lesbian Human Rights Commission's Outspoken Award, the Military Religious Freedom Foundation's Thomas Jefferson Award, and the National Lesbian and Gay Journalists Association Award for Excellence in Feature Writing.

Sharlet is the co-creator of two online journals, Killing the Buddha, a literary magazine about religion, and The Revealer, a review of religion and media published by the New York University Center for Religion and Media, now edited by Ann Neumann, and the former editor-in-chief of Pakn Treger, a journal published by the National Yiddish Book Center.

Sharlet's mother, who raised him after his parents separated, was from a Pentecostal Christian background. His father is of Jewish background. [1] [2]

Sharlet is married to historian Julia Rabig.[3]

Published books[edit]

  • In 2011 W.W. Norton published Sweet Heaven When I Die: Faith, Faithlessness, and the Country In Between. The book investigates the margins of personal belief in America. ISBN 0-393-07963-5
  • With Peter Manseau, Sharlet coauthored Killing the Buddha: A Heretic's Bible, which was named by Publishers Weekly as one of the ten best religion titles of 2004. "It shouldn't work, but it does—a literary leap of faith" declared Elle. Vanity Fair described it as "shot through with epiphanies and controversy."[citation needed] (Free Press, 2004) ISBN 0-7432-3276-3
  • In 2009 Beacon Press published Believer, Beware: First-Person Dispatches from the Margins of Faith, co-edited by Sharlet and Peter Manseau. ISBN 0-8070-7739-9