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.
He is a contributing editor at Literary Hub and a regular contributor to The New York Times Book Review, Rolling Stone, and Read It Forward. His work has also appeared in Tin House, The Atlantic, The New Republic, The Georgia Review, The Millions, LA Review of Books, The Scofield, The Rumpus, Chautauqua, PANK, and numerous others. He is a member of the National Book Critics Circle.
He is also the producer of The Spine with Gail Marie, a podcast that explores the way reading shapes how we think, love, and live.
He was recently interviewed by Tobias Carroll for Vol. 1 Brooklyn, about his book on 2666. He has previously been 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.