Photo by Roy Gumpel

Photo by Roy Gumpel


“Jansma's writing is thoughtful and perceptive but also funny, witty, and entertaining--the best of literary fiction. Long may it live into the new century and beyond--if it can take life as seriously-humorously as this.”

The Sherwood Anderson Foundation


Agent: Doug Stewart at Sterling Lord Literistic.
Film/TV: Jason Richman at UTA.


Kristopher grew up in Lincroft, New Jersey. He received his B.A. in The Writing Seminars from Johns Hopkins University and an M.F.A. in Fiction from Columbia University. He is the author of the critically-acclaimed novels, WHY WE CAME TO THE CITY (Viking/2016) and THE UNCHANGEABLE SPOTS OF LEOPARDS, (Viking/2013).

He is the winner of the 2014 Sherwood Anderson Fiction Award.

WHY WE CAME TO THE CITY was nominated for the Brooklyn Eagles Prize and its French translation, NEW YORK ODYSSÉE by Sophie Troff and Rue Fromentin is the winner of the Prix du Livre de Voyage Urbain and was a finalist for the Prix France Inter-Journal du Dimanche.

THE UNCHANGEABLE SPOTS OF LEOPARDS was an Honorable Mention for the PEN/Hemingway Prize, a finalist for the Prix de l’Inapperçu, and longlisted for the Andrew Carnegie Award for Excellence in Fiction and the Flaherty-Dunnan First Novel Prize. It was a Barnes & Noble Discover Pick, an ABA “Indie Next” Choice, an ALA Notable Book, and an Alternate Selection for the Book of the Month Club.

His work has been translated into GermanFrenchItalianDutch, Polish, Czech, and Turkish.

He writes a column for Electric Literature about Unfinished Business, and the fates and afterlives of authors’ incomplete works. His writing has also been published in The New York Times, ZYZZYVA Magazine, The BelieverSlice Magazine, Salon, Real Simple, The Millions, and elsewhere.

He is an Assistant Professor and Director of Creative Writing at SUNY New Paltz College. He lives in New York with his wife and children.