Jervey Tervalon

Jervey Tervalon was born in New Orleans and raised in Los Angeles, and got his MFA in Creative Writing from UC Irvine. He is the author of six books including Understanding This, for which he won the Quality Paper Book Club’s New Voices Award. Currently he is the Executive Director of “Literature for Life,” an educational advocacy organization, and Creative Director of The Pasadena LitFest. His latest novel is Monster’s Chef.


Mentors: Marvin Mudrick

I would not tear papers apart — say they're no good and say they don't work — unless I believed that all of you are capable of writing good fiction....

Labor Power: “The Adventures of Unemployed Man”