He freelanced as a book critic for a few years, and wrote for , and other newspapers.Jean is currently working on a novel set in Baltimore, where he worked as a librarian in hospitals and in the Maryland state prison system.
This week, we’re excited to feature Jean Charbonneau, an alumnus of our program from 1998!
Jean was born in Montreal, and studied creative writing at Harvard Extension School and the University of Southern Mississippi before getting his MA in creative writing from BU.
And, as a triad, they told the most arresting yet cohesive narrative.
Finally, the way that their communities psychologically conspired against them was emblematic for me of much of America’s projection of their sexual fears onto others.
The book was written over eight years and is an amazingly intimate and exhaustive narrative.
Why do you think these women were willing to open up to you?
Maggie wanted her version of the story heard when an entire town banded against her.
Sloane, similarly, hadn’t told anyone other than her best friend about her intimate life.
The MFA in Creative Writing is a small, intensive one-year program.
The goal of the program is to help each of our students become better writers of original prose and poetry and to produce readers, critics, poets, and writers of the highest quality.