BLOOMINGTON, Ill.— Two accomplished writers will visit Illinois Wesleyan University
on Nov. 2. Alumna Jac Jemc and former Illinois Wesleyan English faculty member Jennifer
Rane Hancock will read from their latest works at 7 p.m. at The Ames Library’s Beckman
A 2005 graduate of Illinois Wesleyan, Jemc is the author of The Grip of It, forthcoming from Farrar, Straus, and Giroux in 2017. Her first novel, My Only Wife, was a finalist for the 2013 PEN/Robert W. Bingham Prize for Debut Fiction and the
winner of the Paula Anderson Book Award. Amazon named her book, A Different Bed Every Time, one of the best story collections of 2014. Her work has appeared or is forthcoming
in StoryQuarterly, Ninth Letter, Puerto del Sol, and New South, among others, and has been shortlisted for Best American Essays.
Jemc has completed residencies at the Danish Center for Writers and Translators, the
Virginia Center for the Creative Arts, the Ragdale Foundation and the Vermont Studio
Center. She edits nonfiction for Hobart and teaches writing and publishing at Loyola University Chicago, Northeastern Illinois
University and Lake Forest College.
A visiting assistant professor of English at Illinois Wesleyan from 2003 to 2006,
Hancock’s first collection of poetry, Between Hurricanes, was published by Lithic Press in 2015. Her work has appeared in Crab Orchard Review, Puerto del Sol, Spoon River Poetry Review, and Quarterly West, among other journals.
She received an AWP Intro Journals Award, was nominated for a Pushcart Prize by the
editors of Third Coast, and was a finalist for the Wabash Poetry Prize with the Sycamore Review. She was also a finalist for the Ruth Lily Poetry Convocation award, recently attended
the Bread Loaf Writers Workshop in Sicily, and is the editor of the Pinyon Press Chapbook
Contest for 2017. She teaches creative writing at Colorado Mesa University in Grand
This presentation of the Colwell Lecture and Reading Series is co-sponsored by the
Department of English, Sigma Tau Delta honors society, and the Women's and Gender Studies Program. It is
free and open to the public. Copies of each author’s books will be available for purchase.