Jayne Pupek

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Jayne Pupek
Born Shenandoah Valley of Virginia
Died August 30, 2010(2010-08-30) (aged 48)
Maidens, VA
Nationality USA
Occupation Writer
Known for Poetry and fiction

Jayne Pupek (March 8, 1962 – August 30, 2010) was an American poet and fiction writer. She wrote and published two collections of poetry: The Livelihood of Crows (Mayapple Press, 2010) and Forms of Intercession (Mayapple Press, 2008), and one novel, Tomato Girl (Algonquin, 2008), which was called a "wrenching, stunning, and pitch-perfect novel that captures the best of Southern literature's finest storytelling colors" by Library Journal[1] and "an absorbing, unsettling debut" by Publishers Weekly.[2] Writing for the Courier-Journal, critic L. Elisabeth Beattie notes: "Jayne Pupek's first novel puts her among the ranks of Southern masters like McCullers and O'Connor"[3] Pupek's work has appeared in numerous journals and anthologies, and has received multiple nominations for the Pushcart Prize.[4] Tomato Girl was also published as an audio book by Recorded Books as part of their Southern Voices Audio Imprint.

Publications (partial list)[edit]


Work included in anthologies[edit]

  • "Tomboy" (Just Like a Girl:A Manifesta, GirlChild Press) ISBN 978-0-9779372-1-9
  • "Some Days" (Beyond Forgetting: Poetry and Prose about Alzheimer’s Disease, Kent State University Press) ISBN 978-1-60635-007-2
  • "The Awakening" (Afternoon Delight: Erotica for Couples, Cleis Press) ISBN 978-1-57344-341-8
  • "In a Station of the Metro" (Sixty Stories of Sudden Sex, Cleis Press) ISBN 978-1-57344-331-9
  • "20 Reason I'm Not Writing Today" and "The Xerox Girls" (Ectoplasmic Necropolis, Blood Pudding Press) (chapbook)

Awards and honors[edit]

  • "Letter to Eli," nominated for the Pushcart Prize
  • "Ghost Child", nominated for Best of the Web 2007
  • "Tomato Girl," listed on Overbooked's hotlist for New and Notable Fiction for 2008


  1. ^ Beth E., Andersen (June 1, 2008). "Editorial Review". Library Journal. Reed Business Information. 133 (10): 93. 
  2. ^ "Fiction Reviews: Week of 5/12/2008". Publishers Weekly. May 12, 2008. 
  3. ^ Beattie, L. Elisabeth (August 16, 2008). "page-24-fullsize". Algonquin Books Spring/Summer 2009 Catalog. 
  4. ^ http://www.spdbooks.org/Producte/9780932412591/forms-of-intercession.aspx

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Author interviews[edit]