Discipline: Literature – fiction

Jamie Quatro

Discipline: Literature – fiction
Region: Chattanooga, TN
MacDowell Fellowships: 2009, 2011, 2016, 2022

Jamie Quatro is the author of the novel Fire Sermon, named one of the Top Seven Novels of 2018 by The Economist, and a Book of the Year by the San Francisco Chronicle, LitHub, Bloomberg, and the Times Literary Supplement. Fire Sermon was a Barnes & Noble Discover Great New Writers book, Indie Next pick, and New York Times Editors' Choice.

Quatro's debut story collection, I Want To Show You More, was a New York Times Notable Book, an NPR Best Book of 2013, and was chosen as a favorite book of 2013 by James Wood in The New Yorker and Dwight Garner in The New York Times. The collection was a finalist for the Los Angeles Times Art Seidenbaum Award, the Townsend Fiction Prize, and the National Book Critics Circle John Leonard Prize. Her work has appeared in Ploughshares, The Guardian, The Paris Review, The New York Review of Books, The New Yorker, and elsewhere. She has taught in the Sewanee MFA program and the Kenyon Review Writers Workshops. A new novel and story collection are forthcoming from Grove.

During her first two MacDowell fellowships, Quatro worked on the stories in her first collection, I Want To Show You More. In 2016 she began work on a manuscript that eventually became her first published novel, Fire Sermon. In 2022, she worked on finishing her novel Two-Step Devil, forthcoming from Grove Press.

Portrait by Kristen Brock Hires



Jamie Quatro worked in the Barnard studio.

Originally built near Union Street, the Barnard Studio — which was funded by Barnard College music students — was re-located to its current site in 1910. When the small structure was moved to its current location, its size was doubled with the addition of a second room. This remodeling, financed by Mrs. Thomas E. Emery…

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