Jeremy Collins is an award-winning writer whose work has appeared in EsquireSports IllustratedGQ and anthologies such as Best American Sports Writing, and The Pushcart Prize.

His essay “Songs of My Father” was selected by Mary Karr for the Wabash Nonfiction Award in The Sycamore Review. “Basic Composition,” an essay on teaching combat veterans, won the Lamar York Award in The Chattahoochee Review and was named a notable essay in The Best American Essays 2015.

Once, as a kid at the mall, he shook hands with Mr. T. More than once, he wandered the wider malls of Atlanta as if in a movie. Now, he streams shows with 80’s kids wandering these same malls. All truth is crooked, Nietzsche writes. Time itself is a circle.

He lives in Metro Atlanta with his wife, the artist Alice Stone-Collins, and their two daughters.

Featured Essays

When My Father Talked About Larry Bird

The digits of Larry Bird’s boxscores spun through my school days like Tibetan prayer wheels. Out back shooting hoops, my dad provided the words, the narrative, the koan: Who is Larry Bird?

The Late Poetics of Freddie Freeman

Freddie Freeman has made a career of keeping his eye on the ball. This essay traces how the game stitches and binds us together.

Basic Composition

Thousands of veterans came home this century and enrolled in colleges across America. In my classes, they had stories to tell.

My God, Herschel Walker, What Have You Become?

Herschel ran. Herschel soared. Herschel Walker endured the punishment we asked Herschel to endure. On Election Night, the pieces were everywhere.

13 Ways of Looking at Greg Maddux

An essay on friendship, loss, and the Hall of Fame pitcher who prized control and changing speeds.

Mural by: Thomas Turner

Recent Posts

The Immaculate Reception’s Great Truth

The Immaculate Reception’s Great Truth

You won’t miss his statue at the Pittsburgh International Airport. Franco Harris scoops up the ball every single time, #32 immortalized in a line of statues, next to George Washington, Founding Father, and runner-up to beloved icons at PIT . But Harris’ gaze is off to...

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The Late Poetics of Freddie Freeman

The Late Poetics of Freddie Freeman

Daniel Shirey/MLB Photos/Getty Images As of the time of this writing, it is the middle of the fourth inning of Game 3 of the World Series and the Philadelphia Phillies are up four-zip against the Houston Astros.  It wasn’t supposed to be this way, 2022.  While writing...

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Way Up There in Blue

Way Up There in Blue

“Amongst the Winnebagos” (Alice Stone-Collins)  Back in September 2021, Alice and I traveled to Wyoming to see her installation work at Sheridan College. On Friday afternoon of our trip, as we walked the grounds at Little Bighorn in southern Montana, senior defense...

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Every once in a while, a writer throws everything he’s got into a story. This is one of those stories.

Tom Junod on “Thirteen Ways of Looking at Greg Maddux”