Jeff Sharlet

Associate Professor of English

Jeff Sharlet is the nationally bestselling author or editor of six books of literary journalism, including The Family, described by Barbara Ehrenreich as “one of the most compelling and brilliantly researched exposes you’ll ever read,” and Sweet Heaven When I Die, about which The Washington Post declared “this book belongs in the tradition of longform, narrative nonfiction best exemplified by Joan Didion, John McPhee, [and] Norman Mailer… Sharlet deserves a place alongside such masters.” Sharlet’s work has earned numerous awards, including the National Magazine Award, the Molly Ivins Prize, and the Outspoken Award. He’s a contributing editor for Harper’s, Rolling Stone, and Virginia Quarterly Review, and a frequent contributor to GQ. At Dartmouth College, he is the publisher of 40 Towns.

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Selected Publications

"The Invisible Man: The End of a Black Life That Mattered," GQ (2015)

Radiant Truths (Yale University Press, 2014)

"Inside the Iron Closet," GQ (2014)

"Voice and Hammer," Virginia Quarterly Review (2013)

"The Blazing Facts," Harper's Magazine (2013)

Sweet Heaven When I Die, (W.W. Norton, 2011)

C Street, (Little, Brown, 2010)

The Family (Harper, 2008)

Killing the Buddha, with Peter Manseau (Free Press/Simon & Schuster 2004)

Believer, Beware, edited with Peter Manseau (Beacon Press, 2009)

“Straight Man’s Burden,” Harper’s Magazine (2010)

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Speaking engagements

University of Minnesota Edelstein-Keller Visiting Writers reading series, October 2, 2014

American Writers Festival, Yale-NUS & Singapore Management University, Singapore, September 9, 2014

University of Pittsburgh Contemporary Writers Series, April 3, 2014

Panelist, 2014 Associated Writing Programs Conference, "Like a Novel: Creative Nonfiction and the Question of Characters" 

Panelist, 2014 Associated Writing Programs Conference, "Doubt is My Revelation: Literary Journalists on Religion"

Works in progress

Hammer Songs , essays about the political histories of popular songs, to be published by Basic Books; Jeff Sharlet Dies , a narrative nonfiction story of the underground Vietnam GI resistance movement.