Jake Maynard

(I'm the one on the right)


I'm Jake, a 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, Catapult, Current Affairs, and others. Fiction in Southern Review, Guernica, Gulf Coast, Salamander, and others. 

My first job was working on a garbage truck, and since then I've been a social worker, a greenhouse attendant, and a commercial fishing deckhand. I teach college English now, but I'm still trying to describe the sound of the ocean.

Speaking of that: my debut novel Slime Line will be published by West Virginia University Press in 2024.


Slime Line is the story of one guy's maniacal quest to become a shift supervisor at a small Alaskan salmon cannery. It's also about inheritance, climate change, and the relationship between masculinity and capitalism. I think you'll like it because it says motherfucker 47 times and there's a scene where somebody gets stuck inside a dead whale.


Representation by Martha Wydysh at Trident Media Group.


Say Hey at jacobcharlesmaynard[at]gmail.com 

Dispatches and dog pics here