About Me

Hi hey hello! My name's Jenn Polish (they/them pronouns, please!), and I write things!

Welcome! Welcome to the strange inner workings of my nerdy, dragon-loving, superhero-oriented, lesbian fairy tale-spinning mind.

I'm a New Yorker (Queens pride!!) who's been writing about as long as I've been playing basketball (so, a long time).

When I'm not writing, I'm teaching writing -- and learning a lot about it, because my students are absolutely brilliant -- at CUNY LaGuardia Community College. In addition to teaching writing, I am immensely proud to teach in the Theatre Program at LAGCC.

I'm currently pursuing my PhD in English literature at the CUNY Graduate Center; my academic work tends to focus on race and mental health in college writing classrooms, with side servings of studying young adult literature. (Fun fact: my MA thesis was on The Hunger Games!)

I graduated eons ago from CUNY Queens College, double-nerding/double-majoring in biology and history.

When I'm not teaching or writing, I'm probably in the gym. (I may or may not be a personal trainer on the side. I may or may not be a complete and utter fitness nerd. Sara Lance and Oliver Queen may or may not be my #fitgoals.)

When I'm not doing any of the above, I'm likely with my beautiful fiancĂ©e, cooking vegan meals, taking walks through our neighborhood, snuggling up to watch Person of Interest, reading The Ultimate Spiderman comics, or fanbying over America Chavez.

 Me! Collared henley-type shirt, newsies cap, boyish hair, soft grin: my teaching aesthetic!

Me! Collared henley-type shirt, newsies cap, boyish hair, soft grin: my teaching aesthetic!

 A full-body portrait by the wonderful teen artist LM, who depicts me in superhero gear: a sleeveless vest-style hoodie with a butterfly on one side and the initial J on the other; buff arms that I partially have and partially aspire to; workout-style gloves, loosely holding a turtle shell-patterned shield with a notebook and pen as the crest; and badass laced boots.

A full-body portrait by the wonderful teen artist LM, who depicts me in superhero gear: a sleeveless vest-style hoodie with a butterfly on one side and the initial J on the other; buff arms that I partially have and partially aspire to; workout-style gloves, loosely holding a turtle shell-patterned shield with a notebook and pen as the crest; and badass laced boots.