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When I Spoke in Tongues: A Story of Faith and Its Loss. Beacon Press, November 2018.

“I Walked Away from My Pentecostal Faith to Live My Own Life and Nearly Lost Myself,” Salon, November 17, 2018. [Book Excerpt]

“Could I Find Myself Again in Houston?” Houston Chronicle, November 17, 2018. [Book Excerpt]

“What It’s Like to Be Rejected by Your Religious Family,” Lit Hub, November 16, 2018. [Book Excerpt]

“My Fundamentalist Childhood: Less Like a Temple, More Like a Cage.” The Guardian. November 10, 2018. [Book Excerpt]

“Language in the Latter Days,” Redivider, Winter 2016. Winner of the 2016 Beacon Street Nonfiction Prize, selected by Steven Church.

“Ghost Language,” Sycamore Review, Spring 2015. Winner of the 2014 Wabash Nonfiction Award, selected by Leslie Jamison.

“On the Far Side of the Fire,” Ninth Letter, Fall/Winter 2013-14, Issue 10.2. Winner of the 2013 Creative Nonfiction Award, selected by Lia Purpura. Reprinted online as a Longreads Member Pick.

“Father of Disorder.” The Pushcart Prize XXXVIII: Best of the Small Presses 2014 Edition. Wainscott, NY: Pushcart Press, 2013.

“Father of Disorder,” Ruminate Magazine, Summer 2012, Issue 24.  Winner of the 2012 VanderMey Nonfiction Prize, selected by Leslie Leyland Fields. Reprinted in Longreads. 

“The Live Nativity.”  The Tusculum Review, Spring 2012.

“What Our Bodies Did for Us.”  The Puritan. Summer 2007.


Jessica Wilbanks: Memoirist, F***** Shakespeare podcast, July 2019.

Interview, Everyone’s Agnostic Podcast, June 2019.

“‘When I Spoke in Tongues’ Points the Way Out of Fundamentalist Christianity,” Andreea Nica, Religion Dispatches via Rewire.News, February 12, 2019.

“Wrestling with God: A Review of When I Spoke in Tongues,” Lone Star Literary Life, February 2019. 

“When I Spoke in Tongues with Jessica Wilbanks,” Interview on Life After God, February 2019.

“Losing My Religion,” Interview on Think with Krys Boyd, January 2019.

‘When I Spoke in Tongues’ Chronicles a Long Walk Away from the Church,’ Texas Observer, November 2018.

“Escape from Pentecostalism: Interview with Jessica Wilbanks,” Interview on Freethought Radio, November 2018.

Writer Reflects On Faith And Its Loss In ‘When I Spoke In Tongues.’ Interview on Houston Matters, November 2018.

Interview, Humanize Me podcast with Bart Campolo, November 2018.

18 New Books By Women To Add To Your To-Read List For November 2018,” BUST Magazine, November 2018.

“When I Spoke in Tongues” Is a Compelling Debut about the Loss of Faith,” BUST Magazine, October / November 2018.

Review: When I Spoke in Tongues: A Story of Faith and Its Loss, Shelf Awareness, October 2018.

Starred Review: When I Spoke in Tongues: A Story of Faith and Its Loss, Publisher’s Weekly, October 2018.

New Religion Books Embrace Women’s Sexuality,” Publishers Weekly, October 2018, book quoted in Religion and Spirituality column.

“A Series of Small Leaps,” Killing the Buddha, February 2014.

“A Chat with Jessica Wilbanks,Twelve Minute Muse, January 2014.

“Houston’s Jessica Wilbanks Wins a Pushcart Prize,” Houston Chronicle, October 2013.

“Works with Soul: An Interview with Jessica Wilbanks,” Ruminate Magazine, July 2012.


“Great Literature Helped Me Escape My Fundamentalist Past,” Patheos, February 2019.

“Winning Always Involves Sacrificing: An Interview with Dickson Lam,” The Rumpus, June 8, 2018.

“Chibundu Onuzo and the Story of Lagos: A Conversation about Her New Novel, ‘Welcome to Lagos,” Houston Chronicle, May 14, 2018.

“To Come Away Changed,” Sojourners blog, March 2015. 

From Essay to Book: On Mirrorings,” Essay Daily, March 2014. 

“Works with Soul: An Interview with Craig Reinbold,” Ruminate Magazine, July 2013.

“Nonfiction Mash-Up: The Paris Review Archives,” Gulf Coast, October 2010.

“Back to the Elements: 2008 Flannery O’Connor Short Fiction Award Winners.”  Gulf Coast. Summer/Fall 2009.