"Jess Zimmerman is risking it all so that the rest of us can see the map and the shape of the world and travel through it with a little more confidence, even change it for the better." –Roxane Gay
I'm the editor-in-chief of Electric Literature and a freelance writer of essays, fiction, and prose poetry. I was the founding editor of Archipelago and a contributing editor for The Establishment. I'm the coauthor of Basic Witches (Quirk, 2017) and my next book, an essay collection about female monsters, is forthcoming from Beacon. I've also been an opinion columnist (at the Guardian) a journalist (at FactCheck.org), and a news writer (at Grist). I'm interested in puzzles, monsters, feelings, gender, nonlinear stories, cocktails, witches, magical realism, bears, dogs, unexamined assumptions, immersive theater, smashing patriarchy, some but not all robots, Shakespeare's histories, and funny science fiction from the '70s and '80s. I live in Brooklyn with a dog and a human and nine remote-controlled lamps, and spend most of my time aging, feeling bad about aging, or frequently both.
Photo by Helen Rosner