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I'm a writer and editor living in Canberra, ACT, with my husband and small son. My floors are increasingly overrun by toy trains, and my bookshelves are increasingly overtaken by Agatha Christie novels.

I graduated from the University of Melbourne in 2010 with an Honours Thesis in Creative Writing, for which I won a R.G. Wilson Scholarship.

As an editor, I have worked across student paper Farrago and indie titles Going Down Swinging, a cloth-covered button, and Dumbo Feather, with a stint at the Lonely Planet.

My writing has appeared in The Rumpus, The Lifted Brow, Smith Journal, Dumbo Feather, Voiceworks, Arts Hub, newmatilda, Australian Financial Review, The Age, Luxury, and more.

My debut book of essays, Things That Helped, is out now with Scribe. Based on my experience of extreme and debilitating postpartum depression, the essays each take as object at their centre, and examine how imbued or embodied narratives can help when navigating your way through and out of illness.

For any queries, please get touch at jess . friedmann @ gmail . com, or contact my agent, Grace Heifetz, at Curtis Brown.