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National Magazine Award finalist; Twice nominated for National Magazine Award (both times by Rolling Stone); Finalist for Pushcart Prize; Finalist for Livingstone Journalism Award; Winner of Genesis Award (from Humane Society of U.S.); Articles in four anthologies including: "Best American Magazine Writing" and "Best American Crime Writing" (twice); Articles in New Yorker, Harper's, Atlantic Monthly, Rolling Stone, Triquarterly, and New England Review


Jeff Tietz is a writer and editor based in Austin, Texas. Mr. Tietz's work has appeared in a number of prominent publications, including Rolling Stone, Harper’s Magazine, The New Yorker, and The Atlantic Monthly. Jeff Tietz's articles have also been published in several anthologies, including Best American Magazine Writing 2003, Best American Crime Writing 2005, and The Animal Factory. Tietz’s work touches on a wide range of topics, including political and social issues, history, and environmental affairs. Jeff Tietz has received a number of awards for his journalism. Jeff’s story, “Boss Hog,” published by Rolling Stone, received a Genesis Award and was nominated by the magazine for a National Magazine Award. Rolling Stone also nominated Jeff Tietz's article “The Unending Torture of Omar Khadr” for a National Magazine Award. Tietz was a National Magazine Award finalist for his Harper’s Magazine story, “The Boy Who Loved Transit,” and was named a Livingstone Journalism Award finalist for his article, “In the Event of Flight,” published by The Atlantic Monthly. The New England Review nominated his story "Whiteclay" for the Pushcart Prize. Jeff Tietz received his Bachelor’s degree from the University of Texas at Austin. He graduated with High Honors and a 3.9 GPA. During his senior year, Jeff Tietz received a Marshall Scholarship invitation and a Rhodes Scholarship invitation. In addition to his BA, Jeff holds an MFA in Writing from Columbia University, where he received a Writing Division Fellowship and a National Arts Club Fellowship.

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Jeff Tietz
I have been a magazine writer for over a decade. I live in Austin but the magazines I write for tend to be based in New York, with the exception of The Atlantic Monthly (Washington, D.C.) and several literary magazines. I have also been an editor at Texas Monthly and Architectural DIgest, among other publications.


Sep 1998May 2001

Master of Fine Arts (MFA)

Columbia University

Writing Division Fellowship; National Arts Club Fellowship

Sep 1990Dec 1993

Bachelor of Arts (BA)

University of Texas–Austin

3.9 GPA (magna cum laude)