About Me

Jay Deitcher is a writer and Licensed Clinical Social Worker with over a decade experience as a therapist for children with behavioral and special educational needs. His writing about inherited trauma, anti-Semitism, racism, sexual assault, and mental illness has appeared in The Washington PostTabletLongreads, and The Lily, and his work has been spotlighted on the BBC.

Jay received a merit scholarship to the 2017 New York State Summer Writers Institute, was chosen for the New York State Writers Institute’s 2018 Spring Workshop, and was a Herman B. Wells Scholar at the 2018 Indiana University Writers’ Conference. He’s an MFA candidate in the Stony Brook Creative Writing and Literature program.

The son of a wallpaper salesman, two generations off the boat, he lives in Albany, NY with his wife and baby boy. He teaches at Mifgash Hebrew High School.


Finalist 2019 Slice Literary Conference Bridging the Gap award

Finalist 2017 Moment Magazine-Karma Foundation Short Fiction Contest

Things Jay thinks are cool: YungManny, Broad City, Larry David, and fluffy dogs.

Things Jay thinks are uncool: Throwing axes.