Gish Jen Announced as 2020-2021 Writer in Residence
Chatham Hall is excited to announce Gish Jen as our 2020-2021 Writer in Residence.
Jen will visit the campus in-person or virtually Oct. 6-7 to speak with students and community members about her newest novel The Resisters. Event details coming soon.
"I am happy that we at Chatham Hall will be able to talk to a writer of such imagination, humor, and intelligence as Gish Jen. Her most recent novel, The Resisters, is her best yet," noted English Department Chair Mary Edmonds.
Jen’s fifth novel, The Resisters has received critical acclaim from The Boston Globe, New York Times Book Review, Washington Post, and many others. The Resisters takes place in dystopian “AutoAmerica” in which artificial intelligence, job automation, rising sea levels, classism, and baseball all play a huge role in the imagined world.
In addition to penning five novels, Jen has published shorter works in The New Yorker, The Atlantic Monthly, and a number of other periodicals, anthologies, and textbooks; appeared in The Best American Short Stories multiple times, including The Best American Short Stories of the Century; and been featured in a PBS American Masters’ special on the American novel. Jen was also previously nominated for a National Book Critics’ Circle Award.
An all girls boarding and day school in Southern Virginia, Chatham Hall prepares girls for college and for productive lives. Our innovative academic program offers Advanced Placement courses, global study and travel, as well as project based learning. Our athletic teams regularly compete at the State level and our exceptional riding program is nationally recognized. We foster the intellect and character of each student and, through our Honor Code, live in a community of trust. Grounded in its Episcopal heritage, the school welcomes students of all faiths and backgrounds.