Jane McCafferty

Jane McCafferty is author of  two novels, First You Try Everything and One Heart (both by Harper Collins); and two books of short stories, Thank You for the Music (HarperCollins) and Director of the World, winner of the Drue Heinz prize (University of Pittsburgh, re-issued by Carnegie Mellon.)  Her stories and essays have appeared in Witness, Glimmer Train, Story,  and


many other journals. Most recently her fiction has appeared in Crazy Horse and Kestrel, and her poems appear in Chatauqua Quarterly, Healing Muse, HeArt, and Pittsburgh Quarterly.  She is the recipient of several awards, including  National Endowment for the Arts individual artist grant,  The Great Lakes New Writers Award, The Drue Heinz Award A Book Sense Award, two Pushcarts prizes, an Oprah book of the week award,and most recently the 2016 Talking Writing Award for her essay, “Unleashed,”  judged by Mark Vonnegut. 


She lives in Pittsburgh, teaches fiction and non fiction at Carnegie Mellon and for The Pittsburgh Memoir project.  This year she's working on stories, poems, an essay, and a novella.  



"Jane McCafferty generously invested her time, energy, and incredible expertise to my manuscript.  She treated my characters and their stories as if they were her own. Working so closely with a writer and teacher as accomplished and well-respected as Jane McCafferty was an invaluable opportunity. We worked together to set my book on a new course, one that makes me excited to get working." -- Evan Brooke