Jacqueline Alnes has lived in Alaska, Texas, Louisiana, Oklahoma, Indonesia, North Carolina, and Oregon, but feels most at home when running long distances. She is a former Division I Cross Country athlete and once ran a marathon by herself in 3:15:07 as a means of celebrating her birthday. Her tiny art of inspiring athletes has been featured on NBC during the 2020 Tokyo Olympic Games and in Runner's World.
Currently an Assistant Professor of English at West Chester University, Jacqueline earned her MFA from Portland State University and her PhD from Oklahoma State University. Her essays have been published by The New York Times, Guernica, Iron Horse Literary Review, Tin House, Women's Running Magazine, and elsewhere. She won runner-up in the 2017 Black Warrior Review Nonfiction Contest judged by Hanif Willis-Abdurraqib, and she used to write a regular reading list column at Longreads.
Jacqueline is working on her first book, FRUIT CURE: The Story of Extreme Wellness Turned Sour (Melville House), about how mysterious neurological symptoms derailed her D1 running career and sucked her into a thriving, online fruitarian (fruit-only) community.