Jennifer Marquardt

Educational Background

Ph.D., English, The University of Southern Mississippi
M.A., English, The University of Southern Mississippi
B.A., English, Aquinas College


Jennifer Marquardt is originally from Ludington, Michigan, USA. In addition to valet driver [an excellent summer job where she learned to drive a manual transmission to the chagrin of many a Mazda owner], she has also been an ice cream scooper, waitress, department store pianist, bartender, barista, fireplace salesgirl, horse-sitter, graduate student, and an ice cream scooper at a different location. She earned her Ph.D. in English from the University of Southern Mississippi and became a founding faculty member of WKU in 2012. She is one of the two remaining founding faculty. She has also survived many papercuts.
Her specialty is fiction writing. Other academic interests include narrative theory, feminist theory utopian studies, and media studies. Nonacademic interests: maps.
Hobbies involve travel, eating vegetarian street food, and reading Norman Rush’s novels with the exception of Subtle Bodies, which is an outlier and rubbish.
Favorite things about Wenzhou: cycling or hiking Daloushan, a local mountain, with friends and her dog Eddie.




2016 Hard Surfaces are Good for the Body, Threwline Books.
Anthologized Selections
2014 “Exhibit A.” Modern Shorts: 18 Short Stories From Fiction Attic Press. Ed. Michelle Richmond. Vol 1. San Francisco: Fiction Attic, 2014. 129-141. Print. 2012
“Conjoined.” The Pushcart Prize XXXVII: Best of the Small Presses (2013 Edition). Ed. Bill Henderson. Norton Publishing, 2012. Print.

Creative Works in Peer Reviewed Journals
2018 “Benthem’s Hotel.” Fences. Fall. Print.
2017 “The Woman Who Became the Sun: Variations.” Fences. Fall. Print.
2013 “Exhibit A.” Fiction Attic. Online.
2012 “Leopard. Eagle. Leopard. Eagle.” Peripheral Surveys.
2011 “Poisonous Birds.” New World Writing. Online.
2011 “Conjoined.” Revolution House Magazine. Online.
2010 “Island Falls, Maine.” Product 24. The University of Southern Mississippi. Print.
2009 “Beards and Jesus.” Product 23. The University of Southern Mississippi. Print.
2009 “Flight to Maui.” Quick Fiction. Spring. Print.
2008 “Gypsy Moths.” Product 22. The University of Southern Mississippi. Print.

Academic Works in Peer Reviewed Journals
2016 “Architectural Utopian Narratives.” Utopian Studies. Spring. Print.
2015 “Utopian Design.” Utopian Studies. Spring. Print.

Book Reviews
2015 Review of Daniel Brooks. History of Future Cities. New York: W.W. Norton & Co., 2013. xi + 418 pp. Studies in the Humanities.
2014 Review of Jhumpa Lahiri. The Lowlands. New York: Knopf. 2014. xxi. 432 pp.
Transnational Literature.
2013 Review of Zoe Dattner and Louise Swinn. Sleepers Almanac No. 8. 282 pp.
Transnational Literature.