Cool dude. Friendship magician. Dad handsome. These are all words to describe Jack Vening. But there’s another word you’ll often hear, and that’s ‘dang, he can write some presidential prose, my compadre!’ That’s a phrase rather than a word, but you know.
I first met Jack Vening at the National Young Writers Festival I think. I think I told him that I enjoyed his writing? Anyway, we chatted for a while and then he asked if I wanted a drink of whiskey, and I said yes, I wanted a drink of whiskey, and then he disappeared for about two hours, and then I found him later, still clutching two warm glasses of whiskey. And my heart.
Jack Vening writes regularly for Stilts, like this piece where he describes all the best ways for having a sex with another person. Jack writes for a lot of other places too, all over the goddamn joint, here’s something he wrote for Meanjin. Read it, why not? Sometimes Jack reads things out loud at reading events, and on one occasion he read one of MY stories at an event in Brisbane, and on one occasion I read one of HIS stories at an event in Sydney. Basically, if you ever meet either me or Jack Vening, you have no idea whose voice is coming out of whose mouth, who is filling the air with lies and promises of glory.
I also had the great pleasure of editing this anthology of his writing for The Sturgeon General. His collection is called ‘Work for a Man or a Horse’ and you can buy it for only $1, that’s a goddamn crime, it’s just a magnificent collection, it will change your fucking life, just look at me. Stop looking.
You can find Jack on Twitter @JerkVening