JENESSA ABRAMS is a Norman Mailer Fiction Fellow and has been awarded fellowships and grants from the Ucross Foundation, the Vermont Studio Center and Columbia University. Her writing has been published or is forthcoming in Tin House - The Open Bar, Washington Square, The Offing, The Rumpus, BOMB Magazine and elsewhere. She was named a finalist for Narrative Magazine's 30 Below Contest and Glimmer Train's Very Short Fiction Award. Her work was nominated for the 2017 PEN/Robert J. Dau Short Story Prize for Emerging Writers. She has an MFA in fiction and literary translation from Columbia University.
He looks me right in the eye, with an air of bewilderment, like I’m dimwitted, or as if I’ve insulted his mother.