CCT: 2013 AF Bio - Banach

2013 Artist Fellowship Recipient

Prose (Fiction/Creative Non-Fiction)


{Je Banach} Je Banach
Unionville, Connecticut


Past Lives and Foreign Lands is a novel in progress with the characters menaced by a flood and perched together like birds on the rooftops of their homes, each caught reflecting upon past and present relationships.


I have been engaged in the local and international literary community for many years as a writer and an educator, committed to the creation of new work while fully immersed in literary discourse that explores and supports the work of other writers and artists. Fellowship funds will allow me to devote specific, regular time that is otherwise unavailable to the development of my own creative work specifically, the completion of this novel.



Je Banach is the author of teaching and reading guides to works of fiction and non-fiction for Random House, Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, and Simon & Schuster. Most recently, she wrote guides to Ian McEwan's Sweet Tooth, Salman Rushdie's Luka and the Fire of Life, and the Dalai Lama's Beyond Religion. A recipient of the New Boston Fund Fellowship in Fiction, she has written for several academic and popular venues, including Esquire, Granta, Guernica, KGB Bar Lit, Bookforum, Oxford University Press, Publishers Weekly, and PEN. She was awarded a residency in fiction at Hunt Hill Farm, an affiliate of the Smithsonian Institution and has held informal residencies at Dorset Colony in Dorset, VT, and The Norman Mailer Writers Colony in Provincetown, MA. Je received her BA in Creative Writing, Literature and Philosophy from Manhattanville College and is currently a member of the Residential Faculty in Fiction at the Yale Writers' Conference.