Jay Kirk is the author of Kingdom Under Glass, the adventures of legendary explorer and taxidermist Carl Akeley, which the Washington Post picked as one of the Best Nonfiction Books of 2010. His work has appeared in in Harper’s, GQ, The New York Times Magazine, and The Nation, and has been anthologized in Best American Crime Writing 2003 and 2004, Best American Travel Writing 2009 (edited by Simon Winchester), and Submersion Journalism: Reporting in the Radical First Person from Harper’s Magazine. He is a recipient of a 2017 Whiting Writing Award, and a 2005 Pew Fellowship in the Arts. He is also a MacDowell Fellow. His forthcoming book, Avoid the Day, will be published by Harper Perennial in 2020.
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