Erica Jong

Erica Jong is a celebrated poet, novelist & essayist with over twenty-five published books that have been influential all over the world. Her most popular novel, Fear of Flying, celebrated its 40th anniversary in 2013.

Erica Jong is a celebrated poet, novelist & essayist with over twenty-five published books that have been influential all over the world. Her most popular novel, Fear of Flying, celebrated its 40th anniversary in 2013. Never out of print, it has sold over thirty-five million copies translated into over forty-five languages including Chinese and Arabic. Erica’s latest novel, Fear of Dying, was published in 2015/2016 with many publishers all over the world.

But Erica Jong is also a poet. Her latest book of poems, The World Began with Yes, was published earlier in 2019 by Red Hen Press. Previously she published many books of poetry including Fruits and Vegetables (1972). Half Lives (1973), Loveroot (1974), Ordinary Miracles (1983), Becoming Light (1992), and Love Comes First (2009). Her poetry has also appeared in publications worldwide, including the New Yorker, the LA Times, the Paris Review, Haaretz,and others.

About her latest book of poems, Judy Collins says, “Get it and read it. You need it. We all need it. In this time of agitation and fear, you will fly with Erica Jong—she brings us back to what matters—the heart, the mind, the head, the imagination — the “Yes” of life.”

Her many awards include the Fernanda Pivano Award for Literature in Italy, the Sigmund Freud Award in Italy, the Deauville Literary Award in France, the United Nations Award for Excellence in Literature, and Poetry magazine’s Bess Hokin Prize. Erica lives in New York and Connecticut with her husband and two poodles.

Read more about Erica Jong and her work here.

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