Jax Connelly (they/she) is a non-binary writer whose creative nonfiction explores the intersections of queer identity, unstable bodies, and mental illness.
Jax was a finalist for Fourth Genre's 2021 Steinberg Memorial Essay Prize and a semi-finalist in the 2020 Boulevard Nonfiction Contest for Emerging Writers. Their experimental and hybrid essays have received honors including Nowhere's Fall 2020 Travel Writing Prize, a Notable in the Best American Essays 2019, first place in the 2019 Prairie Schooner Creative Nonfiction Essay Contest, and the 2018 Pinch Literary Award for Creative Nonfiction, among others, and have appeared or are forthcoming in [PANK], The Rumpus, Ruminate, Pleiades, Zone 3 Literary Journal, Fugue, and more.
Jax is currently an MFA candidate in creative nonfiction at Columbia College Chicago, where she teaches first-year writing and rhetoric. They live in Ravenswood with their elderly Jack Russell terrier, Cloo, whose hair is always everywhere, including Jax's headshot.
Looking for the writer Jackie Connelly?
Same person! Jax published a dozen essays as Jackie Connelly in 2017-2020.