A native of Vancouver, Canada, Jack earned a BSc from the University of Toronto, an MFA in creative writing from the University of Arizona, and a PhD in English/creative writing from Florida State University. He has attended the Bread Loaf Writers’ Conference, the Sewanee Writers’ Conference, and the Humber School for Writers Summer Workshop.
His fiction has appeared in Joyland Magazine, The Humber Literary Review, and The New Quarterly. In 2014, his work was nominated for the Pushcart Prize, awarded a Tucson Festival of Books Literary Award, and shortlisted for the Commonwealth Short Story Prize. In 2015, his story “The Night of Broken Glass” will appear in Let’s Tell This Story Properly, an anthology of the Commonwealth Short Story Prize.
Jack is an associate professor in the Department of Writing at Ithaca College in Ithaca, New York, where he lives with his wife, novelist Angelina Mirabella, and their two daughters, aged five and seven. He spent last year on sabbatical, serving as the David. T.K. Wong Creative Writing Fellow at the University of East Anglia in Norwich, England.
In 2012, Jack shared his take on how to be a genius with Canada Writes/CBC Books.