Contact: jdschwartzman [at] gmail [dot] com
Hello! I'm an author and editor living in Berkeley, CA. My writing has been published in the New York Times, New York Magazine, Narrative.ly, The Rumpus, River Teeth, Nowhere Magazine, Hobart, Newtown Literary, Gothamist, and Untapped Cities, among other places. NO ONE YOU KNOW, my debut book, was published by Outpost19 in May 2021.
I do a wide range of freelance work, ranging from biographies and oral histories (Story Terrace), blog editing (GatherBay), and teaching (Catapult) to book-length ghostwriting, copywriting, and literary mentorship.
Recently, I’ve worked on a celebrity memoir, a nonfiction book about a spaceship that will save humanity, a memoir of a holocaust survivor, a magazine essay about statues and grief, as well as the Underdog Hall of Fame.
Want to work together? Let's talk.
In another and parallel life . . . I was a founding editor of True.Ink, a revival of the heritage adventure magazine. We went in on a racehorse with our readers, raced to Cuba on General Patton's boat, and got into other wild hi-jinks over the years. I’ve interviewed bison herders, hot air balloonists, ice sailors, flame dancers, herring scholars, high divers, butterfly guides, Roughwater racers, tango composers, Tusheti seekers, historic boat captains, professional table tennis players, mountain climbers, backgammon masters, among other unusual folks. Most recently, we evolved True into a real-life adventure game called Nine Arches, which I co-created, and was licensed by Moose Games!