Jay Deshpande is the author of Love the Stranger (YesYes Books), named one of the top debuts of 2015 by Poets & Writers. He has received fellowships or support from Kundiman, Civitella Ranieri, Vermont Studio Center, Saltonstall Arts Colony, and the Key West Literary Seminar, where was selected by Billy Collins for the Scotti Merrill Memorial Award. His poems have appeared in Denver Quarterly, Narrative, Boston Review, Horsethief, and elsewhere. He holds degrees from Harvard and Columbia.
Jay also writes about literature, popular culture, and the arts. He has written extensively for Slate; his essays and reviews also appear in The New Republic, Boston Review, The Millions, Coldfront, Publishers Weekly, and elsewhere.
Jay teaches at Columbia University and Rutgers University. Born in Austin, Texas, he now lives in Brooklyn.
You can reach him at deshpande10011 at gmail dot com. Connect with him on Twitter and Instagram: @jdeshpan