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I'm a writer and editor living in Canberra, ACT, with my husband and small son.

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. I have also been the publications manager at peak body, Australian Poetry.

My writing has appeared in LitHub, Longreads, 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 in Australia and the UK, and FSG Originals in America. 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.