"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 an editor at Quirk Books and a freelance writer of essays, fiction, and prose poetry. I was previously the editor-in-chief of Electric Literature, the founding editor of Archipelago, and a contributing editor for The Establishment. I'm the coauthor of Basic Witches (Quirk, 2017) and the author of Women and Other Monsters (Beacon, 2021). 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, industrial music, 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 where I spend most of my time aging, feeling bad about aging, or frequently both.