Jennifer Stock

tutor, pro smoothie-maker, book collector, wannabe flâneuse

Jennifer Stock is a writer and educator. She’s currently at work on an essay collection about the resonance of inherited objects, and these essays have appeared or are forthcoming in the Iowa Review, the New England Review, the Georgia Review, Hotel Amerika, the Normal School, and Salmagundi. Her essay “Parrot on a Stone Plinth” was selected as a Notable essay in The Best American Essays, 2019. She’s the recipient of the New England Review Emerging Writers Award and a Lecturer in Writing in the Department of English at Yale University. Jennifer earned her BA in English and music from Yale, and her PhD in music composition from the CUNY Graduate Center.

…a text I love to teach

“Generation Why?” by Zadie Smith. It’s hard and well-written, and students like arguing about the potential dark side of Facebook.

…a favorite place I’ve visited

Le Palais Idéal in Hauterives, France

…eight people living or dead I’d invite to my ideal dinner party

Theodore Roethke, Gore Vidal, Boethius, Marcel Proust, Bernie Sanders, George Eliot, my parents

…something I can’t stop thinking about

Meditations on Christopher Hitchens’ reported last words: “Capitalism. Downfall.”