Author, freelance writer, freelance editor, corporate communications specialist
Hello. I’m Jay.
My passion is writing, and I spend as much time as possible directing that passion toward fiction. I’m written four novel-length manuscripts (and think two of them might even be decent). I’m working on a fifth, the best one yet of course. I search for the best story, regardless of genre, but often lean toward magical realism within the context of historical fiction or current societal challenges. I can’t seem to resist themes that explore cynicism toward power and norms, skepticism of institutions, yet express faith in humanity and optimism for the future.
My short fiction has appeared in The Legendary, Pythia Journal, Oblong Magazine and the Eunoia Review.
Professionally, I serve as editorial director at the University of Virginia Darden School of Business, where I oversee the School’s online news content and strategy; manage publications including The Darden Report alumni magazine, Pillars philanthropy newsletter and annual Darden Investors Report; and ensure quality control for external-facing communications. Previously, I worked as lead speechwriter for the then-CEO of NRG Energy, a Fortune 500 company, following seven years as a journalist reporting and editing for Gannett newspapers and S&P Global (formerly SNL Financial). As a journalist, I won seven awards for reporting from the Maryland-Delaware-DC Press Association.
Jay earned an M.Sc. in creative writing with distinction from the University of Edinburgh and a B.Sc. in commerce from the University of Virginia.