Graduate Student Profile

Jackson Bliss

Status: Alumnus

Contact Information


Biographical Sketch

Originally from Chicago, Jackson Bliss earned his MFA from the University of Notre Dame where he was awarded the 2007 Sparks Prize in Fiction and the La Vie de Bohème Award in Literary Excellence. A former Americorps volunteer, Jackson has lived in Seattle, Portland, New York, Burkina Faso + Argentina, crossing lines of longitude whenever he can both in his writing, his volunteer service + his travel. Currently, Jackson is a PhD student in English + Creative Writing at USC. He has work published or forthcoming in the following journals: Kenyon Review, Fiction, Quarterly West, ZYZZYVA, Fiction International, Quarter after Eight, Notre Dame Review, African American Review, Connecticut Review, Stand (UK), South Loop Review + 3:am Magazine, among others.


  • BA Comparative Literature, Oberlin College, 1998
  • MFA English (Creative Writing), Univ Notre Dame, 2007

Employment History

  • Fiction Instructor, University of Notre Dame, 2005 - 2007
  • Assistant Lecturer, University of Southern California, 2010 - Present

Honors and Awards

  • USC College Merit Award for the PhD in Literature and Creative Writing, 8/22/2009-5/22/2014  
  • ACE/Nikaido Fellowship, 2012-2013   
  • ACE/Nikaido Fellowship, 2011-2012   
  • FLAS Fellowship in Japanese, University of California Berkeley, 6/1/2010-8/1/2010  
  • Sparks Prize in Fiction, University of Notre Dame, 2007-2008   
  • Kaneb Outstanding Graduate Student Teacher Award for Excellence in Teaching, University of Notre Dame, Spring 2008   
  • Fiction Fellowship, University of Notre Dame, 6/1/2005-6/1/2007  
  • Induction into the Golden Key National Honors Society, 1993-1994   



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  • Taper Hall of Humanities 404
  • University Park
  • Los Angeles, CA 90089-0354
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