Professor Jack Wang standing against a brick wall with ivy.

Jack Wang

Professor, Writing
School: School of Humanities and Sciences
Phone: 607-274-1065
Office: Smiddy Hall 419, Ithaca, NY 14850
Specialty: Fiction writing

JACK WANG earned a BSc from the University of Toronto, an MFA from the University of Arizona, and a PhD in English/Creative Writing from Florida State University. He is the author of the story collection We Two Alone (House of Anansi Press, 2020; HarperVia 2021), longlisted for Canada Reads 2022, shortlisted for the 2021 Kobo Emerging Writer Prize, and winner of the 2021 Central New York Book Award in Fiction and the 2020 Danuta Gleed Literary Award from the Writers' Union of Canada for best debut collection in English. His fiction has appeared in Brick, PRISM International, The Malahat Review, The New Quarterly, The Humber Literary Review, and Joyland and has been shortlisted for the Commonwealth Short Story Prize and longlisted for the Writers' Trust McClelland & Stewart Journey Prize. In 2014-15, he held the David T. K. Wong Creative Writing Fellowship at the University of East Anglia in Norwich, England; in 2021, he received a NYSCA/NYFA Artist Fellowship in Fiction from The New York Foundation for the Arts and a Research and Creation Grant from the Canada Council for the Arts. He is also the co-creator of two popular board book series, Cozy Classics and Star Wars Epic Yarns. He has taught at Ithaca College since 2006 and served as department chair from 2011-14 and 2017-20. Originally from Vancouver, he lives in Ithaca with his wife, novelist Angelina Mirabella, and their two daughters.

Book cover for WE TWO ALONE with two golden butterflies


US/UK/ANZ edition
June 8, 2021

SET ON FIVE CONTINENTS and spanning nearly a century, We Two Alone traces the long arc and evolution of the Chinese immigrant experience. A young laundry boy risks his life to play organized hockey in Canada in the 1920s. A Canadian couple gets caught in the outbreak of violence in Shanghai during the Second Sino-Japanese War. The Consul-General of China attempts to save lives following Kristallnacht in Vienna. A family aspires to buy a home in South Africa during the rise of apartheid. An actor in New York struggles to keep his career alive while yearning to reconcile with his estranged wife.

Published in Canada by House of Anansi Press

Longlisted for Canada Reads
Winner of the Danuta Gleed Literary Award
Winner of the Central New York Book Award in Fiction
Shortlisted for the Kobo Emerging Writer Prize
The Miramichi Reader's Best Fiction of 2021
CBC Books Best Canadian Fiction of 2020
Quill and Quire 2020 Books of the Year
49th Shelf 2020 Fiction: Books of the Year