Bio

Mira Jacob

Photo by In Kim

Mira Jacob is the author of the critically acclaimed novel, The Sleepwalker’s Guide to Dancingwhich was a Barnes & Noble Discover New Writers pick, shortlisted for India’s Tata First Literature Award, and longlisted for the Brooklyn Literary Eagles Prize. In addition, it received an honor from the Asian Pacific American Librarians Association, and was named one of the best books of 2014 by Kirkus Reviews, the Boston Globe, Goodreads, Bustle, and The Millions.

She is the co-founder of much-loved Pete’s Reading Series in Brooklyn, where she spent 13 years bringing literary fiction, non-fiction, and poetry to the city’s sweetest stage.

Her writing and drawings have appeared in The New York Times, GuernicaVogue, the Telegraph, Buzzfeed,  and Tin House, and she has a drawn column on Shondaland.  She has appeared on national and local television and radio, and has taught writing to students of all ages in New York, New Mexico, and Barcelona. She currently teaches at NYU and The New School.

In September 2014, Mira was named the Emerging Novelist Honoree at Hudson Valley Writer’s Center, where she received a commendation from the U.S. Congress.

She is currently drawing and writing her graphic memoir, Good Talk: Conversations I’m Still Confused About (Random House, 2019).She lives in Brooklyn with her husband, documentary filmmaker Jed Rothstein, and their son.