Jordan Kisner

Jordan Kisner spent months reporting on death investigations and autopsies in Cleveland, an event that provided fodder for her very first book, "Thin Places: Essays from In Between." This book, which explores the idea of liminality, was voted one of NPR’s “best books of 2020.” A literary enthusiast, Jordan writes essays about spirituality, travel, and food for publications like The Atlantic, The New York Times Magazine, Harper’s Magazine, and The Guardian. She’s been awarded the 2019 National Magazine Award, the 2016 Pushcart Prize, and fellowships from PioneerWorks, the Millay Colony for the Arts, and Art OMI. In her column for The Paris Review, Jordan unveils essays about the stories our bodies tell us, with renditions focused on seasonal flower blooms, healing circles, and the nuances of people’s chins. She’s also the creator of the LitHub podcast Thresholds, a teacher of creative writing at Columbia University, and a creative team member at Table of Contents, an online community that celebrates food, art, and culture.

• Won NPR’s “best books of 2020” for her book “Thin Places”
• Awarded the 2019 National Magazine Award and the 2016 Pushcart Prize
• Teaches creative writing at Columbia University

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