Jason T. Lewis was born in West Virginia. He has lived in New York City, and Iowa, as well. He is a graduate of the fiction program at the Iowa Writers’ Workshop. His writing has appeared in Yemassee, Connotation Press, Little Village, and Tape Op. His story “HeroicMeasures” was recently published as an ebook single by Boxfire Press. An essay Jason wrote about his time in the Iowa Writer’s Workshop was featured inWord By Word, a collection of writings published in celebration of the Workshop’s 75th anniversary. His first novel, The Fourteenth Colony: a novel with music, was published in November 2011 along with a companion album of songs written by Jason in the voice of the novel’s protagonist.
Jason is the director of the Writing and Humanities Program at the University of Iowa Carver College of Medicine, managing editor of The Examined Life: A Literary Journal of the University of Iowa Carver College of Medicine, and co-director of the recently formed Humanities Distinction Track at the same institution.
A singer, songwriter, and producer for nearly 25 years, Jason has released four albums of original material, first with his group, Star City, and most recently with Sad Iron Music. No Depression magazine called Star City, “The best alt.country band you never heard of.” He has worked with many artists, including former Wilco guitarist and producer Jay Bennett, Dennis Diken of the Smithereens, members of The Damnwells, and others.
Some things Jason likes: his family, The Beatles, West Virginia University sports, fish, Triumph motorcycles, comic books, gadgets.