Leslie Jamison’s debut novel, The Gin Closet, published when she was just 26, earned recognition as one of the Best Books of 2010 by the San Francisco Chronicle, was named a finalist for the Los Angeles Times First Fiction Award, and garnered critical praise for its unflinching yet lyrical portrait of addiction. Her forthcoming book, The Empathy Exams: Essays on Pain, which covers subjects from slum tourism to ultra-running, won the Graywolf Press Nonfiction Prize and will be published in the fall. Jamison has taught courses in fiction at Wesleyan University, Yale University, and the Iowa Writers’ Workshop. She also mentors through the PEN Prison Writing Program. A native of Los Angeles, Jamison has earned degrees from Harvard and the Iowa Writer’s Workshop and is pursuing a Ph.D. in literature at Yale.
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