Biography

Nancy Jensen’s best-selling novel The Sisters was selected by the Independent Booksellers Association as a #1 Indie Next Pick, and included by Kirkus Reviews on its list for Best Fiction of 2011.  She has been awarded an Artist Enrichment Grant from the Kentucky Foundation for Women and an Al Smith Fellowship from the Kentucky Arts Council.  Her first book, Window: Stories and Essays, was published by Fleur-de-Lis Press in 2009.  Nancy’s short fiction and personal essays have also appeared in numerous literary journals.  The first chapter of her recently completed novel In Our Midst appears in the Fall 2018 issue of The Louisville Review, and has been nominated for a Pushcart Prize.

As a faculty member of the Bluegrass Writers Studio, Nancy teaches undergraduate and graduate courses in creative writing and literature at Eastern Kentucky University, where she also edits The Chaffin Journal.  She shares her home with five rescued cats: Jack, Butch, Sundance, Cache, and Joey.