David Jauss (1951) is an American fiction writer and poet. He is the author of four collections of short stories, two collections of poems, a collection of essays, and a monograph on closure in literature and the arts. His work has been published in numerous magazines, journals and anthologies. He was awarded, among others, the O. Henry Prize, two Pushcart Prizes, the Best American Short Stories selection, and a National Endowment for the Arts Fellowship. He taught creative writing at the University of Arkansas at Little Rock from 1980 until his retirement as a professor emeritus in 2014. He continues to teach in the low-residency MFA in Writing Program at Vermont College of Fine Arts, where he have taught since 1998. He lives in Little Rock with his wife Judy and their dogs Libby and Sammy.