Jay Deshpande

Poet & Writer. San Francisco.

Jay Deshpande is the author of Love the Stranger, named a top debut of 2015 by Poets & Writers, and of the chapbook The Rest of the Body (both from YesYes Books). His poems have appeared in Boston Review, Denver Quarterly, Narrative, and elsewhere. A graduate of Harvard University and Columbia University’s School of the Arts, he has received fellowships or support from Kundiman, Civitella Ranieri, Saltonstall Arts Colony, and the Key West Literary Seminar.

Currently, he is a 2018-2010 Wallace Stegner Fellow in Poetry at Stanford University. He is at work on a collection of poems and on a book of translations of Egyptian surrealist Georges Henein.

Jay also writes about travel, music, literature, and popular culture. He has written extensively for Slate; his essays and reviews also appear in The New RepublicRhapsody, Boston ReviewThe Guardian, The Millions, Publishers Weekly, and elsewhere. 

As an educator, Jay has taught creative writing at Columbia University, Rutgers University, and the Fashion Institute of Technology. Born in Austin, Texas, he now lives in San Francisco. 

You can reach him at deshpande10011 at gmail dot com. Connect with him on Twitter and Instagram: @jdeshpan