Longlisted for the Brooklyn Literary Eagles Prize, 2015;
Shortlisted for India's Tata First Literature Award, 2014.
Write for us.
I have those three words from Kiese Laymon taped above my desk to remind myself what is possible when you allow yourself to imagine what others don’t, or won’t, or simply can’t. When I was a kid, I never saw lives like mine—Indian, queer, feminine—represented in American culture, and it left me with a curious blankness inside, a series of question marks in the place of milestones. How do you become fully realized in a country that renders you invisible? How do you chart your own depths when others need constant explanation of your surface? For me, the answer has come through imagining a life the culture could not—whether that’s through writing a novel from 11 p.m. to 1 a.m. over ten years (The Sleepwalker’s Guide to Dancing), or teaching myself to draw so I could illustrate a graphic memoir (Good Talk), or learning to write screenplays to make that memoir into a television show. Whether I am speaking on identity, or presenting a craft talk on subtext in dialogue, or talking to fellow artists about jumping genres, I am always informed by the same urgency—to find my way to us.
Mira Jacob is the author and illustrator of Good Talk: A Memoir in Conversations. Her critically acclaimed novel, The Sleepwalker’s Guide to Dancing, was a Barnes & Noble Discover New Writers pick, shortlisted for India’s Tata First Literature Award, and longlisted for the Brooklyn Literary Eagles Prize. It was named one of the best books of 2014 by Kirkus Reviews, the Boston Globe, Goodreads, Bustle, and The Millions. Her writing and drawings have appeared in The New York Times, Electric Literature, Tin House, Literary Hub, Guernica, Vogue, the Telegraph, and Buzzfeed, and she has a drawn column on Shondaland. She currently teaches at The New School, and she is a founding faculty member of the MFA Program at Randolph College. She is the co-founder of Pete’s Reading Series in Brooklyn, where she spent 13 years bringing literary fiction, non-fiction, and poetry to Williamsburg. She lives in Brooklyn with her husband, documentary filmmaker Jed Rothstein, and their son.