Jax Connelly (they/she) is an award-winning writer whose creative nonfiction explores the intersections of queer identity, unstable bodies, and mental illness.
Jax's work has received honors including Notables in the Best American Essays 2021 and 2019, Nowhere's Fall 2020 Travel Writing Prize, first place in the 2019 Prairie Schooner Creative Nonfiction Essay Contest, and the 2018 Pinch Literary Award for Creative Nonfiction, among others. They were a finalist for Fourth Genre's 2021 Steinberg Memorial Essay Prize and for New Letters' 2021 Conger Beasley Jr. Award for Nonfiction and a semi-finalist in the 2020 Boulevard Nonfiction Contest for Emerging Writers. Her experimental and hybrid essays have also appeared or are forthcoming in [PANK], The Rumpus, Hunger Mountain, Ruminate, Pleiades, Zone 3 Literary Journal, and more.
Jax is currently an MFA candidate in creative nonfiction at Columbia College Chicago, where they teach first-year writing and rhetoric. She lives in Ravenswood with her elderly Jack Russell terrier, Cloo, whose hair is always everywhere, including Jax's headshot.
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Same person! Jax published a dozen essays as Jackie Connelly in 2017-2020.