‘Griddlecakes’ by Alumna Jenessa Abrams ‘17 Serves up a Great Story

BY Rochelle Goldstein, September 25, 2019

Fiction alumna Jenessa Abrams ’17 is having a great year. Recently long-listed for the Berlin Writing Prize for her short story, All American Ghost Busters another one of Abrams’ short fiction pieces, Griddlecakes, or the Word Above Grief was recently released from British-based independent publisher, Platypus Press, as part of their Shorts digital series.


Told against the backdrop of 9/11, Griddlecakes tells the story of a young girl coming to understand her brother in a deeper way.


Abrams’ short story, Toy Wonderland was also recently chosen as the second runner up for the Jacob Zilber Prize for Short Fiction from PRISM International.


Abrams’ fiction and nonfiction have appeared in Tin House, TriQuarterly, Guernica, BOMB Magazine, and The New York Times, among other places. She has been nominated for a Pushcart Prize, named a Norman Mailer Fiction Fellow, and has received fellowships from the MacDowell Colony, the Vermont Studio Center, and the Ucross Foundation.  


Shorts is available digitally now.