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"Meat Eaters & Plant Eaters is more than just delicacy. Ms. Treat's writing is spare and elegant, her stories are affecting, and this work is incredible, important. A stunning, powerful book."
–Kim Chinquee
"As she continues to blend dark humor with darker obsessions, Treat may find herself in a unique position among current women writers: lighter than A.M. Holmes, darker than Lorrie Moore. Not a Chance shimmers with smart, poignant prose."
San Diego Union Tribune
Short-short Fiction
"Treat is a real find."
Los Angeles Reader's Monthly
"Rigorous and sensual, dream-like and resolutely cerebral, these stories are wry magic." --Mary Gaitskill

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Born in New Brunswick, Canada, Jessica Treat grew up in New England and rural New York, with a year in Spain when her parents took their five children to live in a small fishing village in 1969. In 1982 she moved to Mexico City where she lived for over four years; she has kept up a relationship with this extraordinary city ever since.

Treat received an M.F.A. in Fiction from Brooklyn College in 1989, and in 1992, after more than ten years of city-living (San Francisco, Mexico City, and Brooklyn), she moved to a small town in New York State. Since then she has been living in a small town in the Berkshires (Massachusetts).

Treat's short story collections include A Robber in the House (Coffee House Press, 1993), Not a Chance (FC2, 2000); and Meat Eaters & Plant Eaters (BOA Editions, 2009). Her stories, prose poems, essays, and translations have appeared in numerous journals and anthologies, including Ms., Quarterly West, American Literary Review, and Review 78, Literature and Arts of the Americas. She has been nominated for a Pushcart Prize and in 1996 received The Dominion Review Fiction Award, judged by Ben Marcus. She was granted an Artist Fellowship from the Connecticut Commission on Arts and residency fellowship awards at Fundacion Valparaiso in Spain and Civitella Ranieri in Italy.

Since 1995 Jessica Treat has been a Professor of English & Spanish at Northwestern Connecticut Community College, where she also coordinates the annual Mad River Literary Festival. She is at work on a trio of novellas as well as a work of translation. She regularly gives readings, workshops, and presentations and has done so at Brown University, New York University, Albertus Magnus, The Boston Fiction Festival, Laurel Festival of the Arts, the Universidad de Almeria, Spain, La Biblioteca Nacional in San Miguel, Mexico, and many other venues in the U.S. and abroad.