Writing

For my short fiction, I have received three Hopwood Awards, a Cornelia Carhart Ward Fellowship, and was selected as a finalist for the Philip Roth Residence in Creative Writing, the Wisconsin Institute of Creative Writing Fellowships, and the 2019 American Literary Review Fiction Contest.

You can read my short story “The Lamentations” online in the Fall 2019 issue of American Literary Review.

I’ve given readings of my work in bars, coffeeshops, libraries, bookstores, banquet halls, auditoriums, and living rooms from Western Kentucky to the Finger Lakes region of Central New York.

jessie roy reading at woodland pattern in milwaukee, wi

I am currently at work on a novel, titled Bridesabout a queer bridal designer who must negotiate the complex and traumatic relationship between her own marriage, the marriages she guides her bridal clients into, and her family of origin.