Jake Maynard

writer & teacher


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

My essays and features appear in The New York Times, Slate, Belt Magazine, Hobart, Chattahoochee Review, Backpacker Magazine, River Teeth, Catapult, Fugue, Appalachian Review, and others. Fiction appears in Guernica, Salamander, The Pinch, Current Affairs, Natural Bridge, Bull: Men's Fiction, and Carolina Quarterly

Hiram College and West Virginia University alum. Currently I teach at Penn State. 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