Brendan Jones, born in Colorado, raised in Philadelphia, attended Columbia and Oxford Universities. He has been a MacDowell Fellow, as well as a resident at the Anderson Center, Caldera, and Ragdale. He worked eleven years as general contractor, starting Greensaw Design & Build, guiding Pennsylvania’s first LEED Platinum reconstruction. He continues to carpenter and commercial fish in Alaska, and also teaches philosophy and creative writing at University of Alaska, Irkutsk Technical University in Russia, and Stanford University, where he was a 2013-15 Wallace Stegner Fellow. He has published work in The New York Times, The Guardian, Washington Post, Smithsonian, Sierra, Ploughshares, Fine Woodworking,National Fisherman, Narratively, The Seattle Times, The Philadelphia Inquirer, Narrative Magazine,and recorded commentaries for NPR. His novel The Alaskan Laundry, published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, won the 2017 Alaskana prize, and was longlisted for the Center of Fiction debut prize. He recently returned from Siberia, where he spent a year with his family as a Fulbright Scholar. His upcoming novel Whispering Alaskais forthcoming with Penguin/Random House in October 2021. He lives in Sitka, Alaska, with his wife and three daughters.