Tennessee Jones is freelance editorial consultant and former fiction and non-fiction editor at Soft Skull Press. He is the author of the Lambda Award nominated short-story collection Deliver Me From Nowhere, and the recipient of fellowships from the Jacob K. Javits and Christopher Isherwood Foundations. He was the George Bennett Fellow (Writer in Residence) at Phillips Exeter Academy and the Philip Roth Writer in Residence at Bucknell University, and a finalist for the 2016 Creative Capital Award in Fiction.
Tennessee’s most recent work as an editorial consultant includes Your Heart is a Muscle the Size of Your Fist by Sunil Yapa, which was named Most Anticipated Book of 2016 by Wall Street Journal, Entertainment Weekly, TIME, Huffington Post, The Chicago Tribune, Buzzfeed, San Francisco Chronicle, and TheMillions, and The Big Fear by Andrew Case. This debut crime thriller garnered a multiple book deal for the new Hollow City Series. His fiction titles at Soft Skull Press include Jane: A Murder by Maggie Nelson, Branwell by Douglas A. Martin, Choir Boy by Charlie Anders, and Tear Down the Mountain by Roger Alan Skipper.
Tennessee’s non-fiction titles include That’s Revolting: Queer Strategies for Resisting Assimilation, ed. Matilda Bernstein Sycamore and Confronting Capitalism: Dispatches from a Global Movement, eds. Daniel Burton-Rose, Eddie Yuen, and George Katsiaficas.
Tennessee's select booklist can be found below.
“A rich, rollicking debut...marked by bad moons, evil winds, backwater magic, and hoodoo curses.” - Boston Globe
“Scintillating...Unforgettable.” - Wall Street Journal
“[A] brooding, spine-chilling southern odyssey...Bold and piercing.” - Booklist
“[A] dark, lyrical debut novel…Cheng imbues the landscape with Faulkner-esque poetry...the prose is arresting.” - The New Yorker
A Wall Street Journal Book of the Year
Slaughterhouse 90210's Most Rapturous Book of 2014
"Powerful and unflinching." - The New York Times Book Review
"Daring and brilliant." - Washington Post
"One of the finest novels you will read this year." - Flavorwire
"A coming-of-age tale with universal resonance that also manages to expand our understanding of the word "universal." - NY Press
"A groundbreaking and unflinching tale of teenage transsexualism." - Kirkus Reviews
"A journey almost anyone can relate to." - The San Francisco Chronicle
"Nelson calls into question the limits of what the present can know about the past, and what presence can know about absence....The result is not confusion, but rather a deeply unnerving form of clarity, one that acknowledges both the inevitability of our desire to know and the impossibility of realizing that desire to our satisfaction." - Michigan Quarterly
"Brings both protagonists and environment to life in powerful language that ultimately becomes a sort of hard-edged poetry." - William Gay, author of Provinces of Night
A Washington Post Notable Book
One of Bustle's "Most Important Books of 2016"
"Your Heart is a Muscle the Size of a Fist ultimately does for WTO protests what Norman Mailer's Armies of the Night did for the 1967 March on the Pentagon, gathering that confrontation in competing visions of what happened and what it meant." - Ron Charles, Washington Post
“One of the most well researched and written procedural crime novels I've read in the past ten years. At times spooky, shocking, and always riveting, I finished The Big Fear wishing I'd written it.” —Vincent Zandri, New York Times and USA Today bestselling author
“Gritty and hardnosed, The Big Fear is as authentically New York as a slice of pizza. Case’s characters know the streets. They talk the talk and walk the walk.” —Reed Farrel Coleman, New York Times bestselling author
"Liza Featherstone, Doug Henwood and Christian Parenti, in particular, decry the movement’s descent into inarticulate protest "carnivals" and appeal to the American activist left to replace antiquated worldviews with frameworks that supply greater ideological coherence. Readers...will find plenty to mull over here." - Publisher's Weekly
"Inspiring, angry, ribald and also soberly self-critical, this book is a great way to… expand your notions of what a better world can be.” - Left Turn
"Beginning with its provocative title, Williams' account of contemporary law enforcement argues that instances of police brutality in the U.S. are not aberrations but, instead, reflect the long, symbiotic relationship between those in power and the police hired to protect that power...Specific remedies are wanting here, but so is a body of literature on this important topic, which makes Williams' book that much more crucial to the discussion." - Booklist