Jake Maynard

writer & teacher


I'm Jake, a working-class writer from rural Pennsylvania. I write essays, fiction, and lately some reportage and criticism. 

My essays and features appear in The New York Times, The New Republic, Slate, Belt Magazine, Hobart, Chattahoochee Review, River Teeth, Current Affairs, and others. Fiction appears in Southern ReviewGuernica, Salamander, The Pinch, and others. 

Hiram College and West Virginia University alum. Currently I teach at The University of Pittsburgh. Other fun jobs include stints as as a rural social worker, a construction grunt, a greenhouse attendant, and an Alaskan commercial salmon fisherman. Still trying to describe the sound of the ocean.

In progress: a bildungsroman about mania and commercial fishing, and an essay collection about contemporary rural life.


Representation by Martha Wydysh at Trident Media Group.


Say Hey at jacobcharlesmaynard[at]gmail.com