Kristopher Jansma

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Kristopher Jansma
BornLincroft, New Jersey
Notable worksThe Unchangeable Spots of Leopards

Kristopher Jansma (/ˈænzmə/) is an American fiction writer and essayist.[1] Born in the Lincroft section of Middletown Township, New Jersey, he attended Johns Hopkins University and Columbia University.

Career and accolades[edit]

His short fiction has appeared in ZYZZVA, Adult Magazine, Recommended Reading, Columbia Magazine, and The Blue Mesa Review. His "Why We Write" was selected as a notable essay in Best American Essays 2014,[2] after being published in Slice Magazine.[3] He has also written essays and reviews for The New York Times,Salon, Electric Literature, The Rumpus, The Millions, Johns Hopkins Magazine, and The Believer.

He is the winner of the 2014 Sherwood Anderson Foundation Award for Fiction.[4] His first novel, The Unchangeable Spots of Leopards, received an Honorable Mention for the 2014 PEN/Hemingway Award,[5] was longlisted for the Andrew Carnegie Medal for Excellence,[6] and was also longlisted for the Center for Fiction's Flaherty-Dunnan First Novel Prize.[7] It was a Barnes & Noble Discover Great New Writers selection[8] and an American Booksellers Association Indie Next Pick for April 2013.[9]

He wrote the Literary Artifacts column for Electric Literature from 2011 to 2013.[10]

In 2013 Flavorwire named him one of their 50 Up-and-Coming New York Culture Makers to Watch.[11] Paper Magazine included him on their list of 2013's Beautiful People.[12]

His second novel Why We Came to the City came out in February 2016. Michael Schaub of NPR reviewed the book[13] and later selected the book as one of the best books of 2016.[14]

He is an assistant professor at SUNY New Paltz College[15] and a graduate instructor at Sarah Lawrence College.[16] He has previously taught creative writing at Manhattanville College and SUNY Purchase College.[17][18] Jansma lives in New York City with his wife and son.



  • The Unchangeable Spots of Leopards, 2013[19]
  • Why We Came to the City, 2016[20]


  • Legacy: An Anthology, 2015[21]

Essays and stories[edit]

  • "Madame Bovary C'est Moi", Columbia Magazine, June 30, 2014[22]
  • "Don't Write About Writing", Electric Literature, June 8, 2014[23]
  • "The End, or Something", The New York Times, April 21, 2014[24]
  • "A Star Is Born", The New York Times, August 21, 2013[25]
  • "Twenty Nine Feet, Eight and a Quarter Inches", The Rumpus, March 21, 2014[26]
  • "Saving Salinger", The Millions, February 1, 2011[27]
  • "Elmore Leonard Rips off "Justified"!", Salon, January 7, 2013[28]
  • "War Stories: An Occurrence at Owl Creek Bridge", The Believer, February 1, 2013[29]
  • "The Smart Set", Johns Hopkins Magazine, March 1, 2013[30]


  1. ^ "Kristopher Jan Jansma; PEN American Center". Retrieved 2016-01-12.
  2. ^ The Best American Essays 2014 – Google Books. Retrieved 2016-01-08.
  3. ^ Slice Magazine; (June 21, 2013). "Why We Write". Slice Magazine. Retrieved 2016-01-08.
  4. ^ "Current Winner; Sherwood Anderson Foundation". Retrieved 2014-09-01.
  5. ^ "2014 PEN Hemingway Award for Debut Fiction; PEN Hemingway". Retrieved 2016-01-08.
  6. ^ "Andrew Carnegie Medals; Book Reporter". Retrieved 2016-01-08.
  7. ^ "The Flahery-Dunnan First Novel Prize 2013; Typographical Era". Retrieved 2016-01-08.
  8. ^ "2013 B&N Discover Picks; Barnes & Noble". Retrieved 2016-01-10.
  9. ^ "The April 2013 Indie Next List Preview; ABA". Retrieved 2016-01-10.
  10. ^ "Literary Artifacts; Electric Literature". Retrieved 2016-01-08.
  11. ^ "50 Up-and-Coming New York Culture Makers to Watch in 2013; Flavorwire". Retrieved 2016-01-10.
  12. ^ "Beautiful People 2013; Paper Magazine". Retrieved 2016-01-10.
  13. ^ "What The Sitcoms Don't Tell You About New York City Friendships".
  14. ^ "Looking For The Best Books Of 2016? NPR's Concierge Is Here To Help".
  15. ^ "Kristopher Jansma Hits His Stride; Chronogram". Retrieved 2016-01-08.
  16. ^ "Kristopher Jansma; Sarah Lawrence College". Retrieved 2016-01-08.
  17. ^ "Kristopher Jansma's First Novel; Manhattanville College". Retrieved 2016-01-11.
  18. ^ "College Days An Interview with Kristopher Jansma; Airship Daily". Retrieved 2016-01-11.
  19. ^ The Unchangeable Spots of Leopards. Viking. 2013. ISBN 978-0143125020.
  20. ^ Why We Came to the City. Viking. 2016. ISBN 978-0525426608.
  21. ^ "The Uraniums". Legacy: An Anthology. Velvet Morning Press. 2015. ISBN 978-0692346952.
  22. ^ "Madame Bovary C'est Moi". Columbia Magazine. June 30, 2014.
  23. ^ "Don't Write About Writing". Electric Literature. June 8, 2014.
  24. ^ "The End, or Something". The New York Times. April 21, 2014.
  25. ^ "A Star Is Born". The New York Times. August 21, 2013.
  26. ^ "Twenty Nine Feet, Eight and a Quarter Inches". The Rumpus. March 21, 2014.
  27. ^ "Saving Salinger". The Millions. February 1, 2011.
  28. ^ "Elmore Leonard Rips off "Justified"!". Salon. January 7, 2013.
  29. ^ "War Stories: An Occurrence at Owl Creek Bridge". The Believer. February 1, 2013.
  30. ^ "The Smart Set". Johns Hopkins Magazine. March 1, 2013.

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