Jill Kolongowski


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Jill Kolongowski is a nonfiction writer and professor living in Northern California. She is the author of a collection of essays called Life Lessons Harry Potter Taught Me (Ulysses Press, 2017). She received her MFA from Saint Mary’s College of California, and is also the managing editor at YesYes Books.

Jill has received fellowships to attend the Artist Artsmith Residency, Lit Camp, and the Squaw Valley Community of Writers. Her essays have won Sundog Lit’s First Annual Contest series and the Diana Woods Memorial Prize in Creative Nonfiction at Lunch Ticket magazine. She is a Hufflepuff who grew up in Michigan.


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Prose that is clean and sharp, but simultaneously rich and provocative.
— Erin Aubry Kaplan, Author of Black Talk, Blue Thoughts, and Walking the Color Line and DWM Award Special Guest Judge
I found myself coming back to this essay for its impressive command of language.
— Elena Passarello, creative nonfiction judge
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