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General Information

Name:  Zachary Michael Jack  

Pen Name: None

Genre: C:ADULT Fiction Non-Fiction Poetry



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Jack is an Associate Professor of English at North Central College in Naperville.

Biographical and Professional Information

Zachary Michael Jack has published more than twenty award-winning books in a variety of genres, including fiction, poetry, literary journalism, creative nonfiction, and personal essay, in addition to his work as a playwright. Jack's fiction has earned national runner-up honors in its class in the Foreword Reviews Book of the Year Award; his poetry has been awarded the Prentice Hall Prize, and his nonfiction has received nominations for the Pushcart Prize, the Theodore Saloutos Award, the William Hill Sports Book of the Year Award, the Herbert Warren Wind Award, and the Shambaugh Award, among others. His golf writing has also earned him recognition as an Editor's Pick by Golf Digest and a Best Books of 2011 by Golf magazine. He has also edited many books including: *''Student Body: A Benefit Mystery Novella'' *''Love of the Land: Essential Farm and Conservation Readings from an American Golden Age, 1880-1920'' *''The Green Roosevelt: Theodore Roosevelt in Appreciation of Wilderness, Wildlife, and Wild Places'' *''Inside the Ropes: Sportswriters Get Their Game On'' *''The Plowman Sings : The Essential Fiction, Poetry, and Drama of America's Forgotten Regionalist Jay G. Sigmund'' *''Homer Croy Corn Country: Travel Writing, Literary Journalism, Memoir'' *''Letters To A Young Iowan: Good Sense From The Good Folks of Iowa For Young People Everywhere''*''Liberty Hyde Bailey: Essential Agrarian and Environmental Writings'' *''Black Earth and Ivory Tower: New American Essays from Farm and Classroom'' *''Participatory Sportswriting: An Anthology 1870-1937''*''Uncle Henry Wallace: Letters to Farm Families'' - the updated edition of ''The Furrow and Us'' which was authored by his great-grandfather. Jack was a contributor to the book, ''Winning on the North Side: The 1929 Chicago Cubs'' and the writer of the introduction of the book, ''Farewell to Sport.'' The author and his work have also been featured in USA Today, the Los Angeles Times, the Chicago Tribune, the Huffington Post, the Indianapolis Star, and the Des Moines Register. Jack's books have been favorably reviewed by the The New York Review of Books, Publisher's Weekly, Choice, Kirkus, Foreword Reviews, and other industry-shaping opinion-makers.An associate professor of English, he teaches Writing, Editing, and Publishing Master of Arts in Liberal Studies (MALS) program at North Central College and speaks to groups nationwide.

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