Kristopher Jansma

Instructor & Writer
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Kristopher Jansma is the author of the novel Why We Came to the City and the winner of the 2014 Sherwood Anderson Award for Fiction. His first novel, The Unchangeable Spots of Leopards, received an Honorable Mention for the 2014 PEN/Hemingway Award. He has written for The New York Times, Alaska Quarterly Review, Prairie Schooner, ZYZZVA, The Believer, and more. He is the Director of Creative Writing and an Associate Professor of English at SUNY New Paltz College. Find more at


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Cover Photo: An image of the Anna Steidel award hanging on a wall of blue that Kris found
My Name Is Not Anna Steidel—But Her Name Is On My Wall

There is an award in my office that does not belong to me.

Jun 10, 2021