Kristopher Jansma

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in Red Bank, New Jersey, The United States




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My second novel "Why We Came to the City" has been called "a beautiful, sprawling and generous book [..] a heartfelt novel, tender and painful and cathartic all at once.” (Michael Schaub, NPR Books) and a "wonderful, unforgettable novel [...] which leads to profound questions about causes and what comes next.“ (Kit Reed, The Miami Herald).

My previous novel, "The Unchangeable Spots of Leopards" has been called "a breathless work" (Time Out NY), a "wildly recursive fun house of a novel(NPR Books), "F. Scott Fitzgerald meets Wes Anderson" (Village Voice) and a "mind-blowing spiral of a book" (Book Reporter).

I am an Assistant Professor of English/Creative Writing at SUNY New Paltz and a Graduate Instructor at Sarah Lawrence College.

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Kristopher Jansma Rachael - Thank you so much! I think that if you really love to write then you'll find a way to make it a part of your life. It can be very difficult…moreRachael - Thank you so much! I think that if you really love to write then you'll find a way to make it a part of your life. It can be very difficult to make it work as an independent career, just because the money can be very sporadic and books can take unpredictable amounts of time to complete! I work as a professor at a college here, and do some other classes on the side through other programs, and that helps me pay the bills while I'm working on whatever comes next! And on that note, I really love teaching writing and literature, because it keeps me thinking about books and words, and how to excite an audience (my students). So that works well for me. Other people I know have ordinary day jobs, and they work on their writing at night or on weekends and do very well with it too. I hope you'll keep reading and writing too!(less)
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44% - Thank you so much for this incredibly kind note. I really appreciate what you had to say, and as someone who has struggled on and off with various levels of depression and anxiety, I am so glad to know that reading the books is helpful to others… I know writing them was very very helpful to me in dealing with my own issues. I’m hard at work now on another book that hits on some of those s...

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March 2013, Kristopher Jansma
"An unabashedly unreliable narrator baldly bluffs his way around the globe in The Unchangeable Spots of Leopards, a debut novel about...writing a debut novel." ...More

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Wonderful, rich conversation between two giants... much more about Ozawa's career and music than it is about Murikami or writing, but there are some incredibly poignant observations about artistry to be found here, and I want to go back and listen to ...more
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“Does it sting like this because I've been robbed or because it was never mine to steal? ... Maybe an idea, like love, cannot ever be stolen away, just as it cannot ever have belonged to me and only me.”
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Kristopher Jansma Check out the new Reader's Group Guide for The Unchangeable Spots of Leopards: A Novel with an extensive Q&A with me and a list of discussion questions for your book club!

BUT... spoiler alert for those who have not yet read the book - I'll repost in March!

The Unchangeable Spots of Leopards A Novel by Kristopher Jansma

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