JONATHAN RUSSELL CLARK is a literary critic. He is the author of An Oasis of Horror in a Desert of Boredom (Fiction Advocate), on Roberto Bolaño’s 2666.
A former contributing editor at Literary Hub, his work has appeared in the New York Times Book Review, Rolling Stone, the San Francisco Chronicle, Vulture, Tin House, The Atlantic, The New Republic, the Columbus Dispatch, The Georgia Review, The Millions, LA Review of Books, The Rumpus, Chautauqua, PANK, and numerous others.
He has been interviewed by Tobias Carroll for Vol. 1 Brooklyn, about his book on 2666, interviewed on the literary podcast Go Away, I’m Reading, on WHUP’s The Spine, a show on the ways reading shapes our lives, by 0s&1s Reads about his work, as part of the “Art of Commerce” series, and by the American Scholar for their Spring 2016 cover story. His essays have been translated into Portuguese, Russian, Japanese, Turkish, and Dutch, and have been mentioned in The Guardian (also here), NPR.org, BBC.com, The Paris Review Daily, Bookforum.com, Poetry Foundation, Prairie Schooner, Electric Literature, Word Riot, Poets & Writers, Grub Street, The Sydney Morning Herald, and as one of Katie Couric’s Katie’s FYI.
Born in Tulsa, Oklahoma and raised in Columbus, Ohio, Clark was educated at the University of Oxford, the University of Nevada in Las Vegas, UMass Boston, and the University of North Carolina Wilmington, where he earned an MFA in fiction and was the recipient of the Philip Furia Award. Contact: jrussellclark[at]gmail[dot]com.