Jennifer Howard’s reported features, essays, and reviews have been published in The Washington Post, The Chronicle of Higher Education, The Times Literary Supplement (TLS), Slate, McSweeney’s, the NEH’s Humanities magazine, The Boston Review, and Bookforum, among other publications. Her fiction has appeared in The Collagist, VQR, Idle Ink, DC Noir (Akashic Books), Amazing Graces (Paycock Press), and elsewhere. Howard is a professional member of PEN American Center and the National Book Critics Circle, and has been a VCCA Fellow at the Virginia Center for the Creative Arts.
Howard has been reading, writing, and telling stories as long as she can remember. She was a longtime contributing editor at The Washington Post, and has been on the editorial staff of The New York Review of Books and The Wilson Quarterly. As a senior reporter at The Chronicle of Higher Education, she covered the humanities, publishing, libraries and archives, and technology, subjects she still writes about whenever she can. A lifelong nature lover, she has also been press director for a nonprofit environmental group.
Born and raised in Washington, D.C., Howard lives there now in a book-filled house (so many books, so little time) on Capitol Hill with her husband, the writer Mark Trainer, their two teens, two cats, and two dogs. Follow her on Twitter (@JenHoward), find her on Facebook, or say hi on Instagram.
Current projects: Howard is currently editing a book of interviews with American historians, and is at work on a personal and cultural history of clutter–a lifelong obsession. Just don’t ask her to KonMari your house.