Jenny Zhang, Author

Looking for your next must-read? Look no further than Shanghai-born, Brooklyn-based author, Jenny Zhang. A burning talent, Jenny has been nominated for a National Magazine Award, is a contributor to Tavi Gevinson’s Rookie magazine, and graduated from the prestigious Iowa Writers’ Workshop – the same as Lena Dunham’s character on Girls.

No surprise then that Jenny caught the attention of Lena herself. Like us, she loves Jenny's brand of honest, hilarious and confessional commentary on family and femininity, and chose her short story Sour Heart as the first release on her Random House imprint, LENNY.

From balancing her creative projects to quelling writer’s block, Jenny tells us how she cheats the week.


When you feel like you have nothing to wear, what is your closet go-to?

You’re based mostly in New York. What’s your favorite hangout?

Fill in the blank: ‘I couldn’t function in my career without ____.’

How do you overcome writer’s block?

What are you reading right now?

If you could visit a destination from literature, real or fictional, past or present, where would you choose to go?

What do you enjoy most about your job?

If you could swap lives with anyone for a week, who would it be and why?

What's the one thing about you that would surprise most people?

What’s your not-so-guilty pleasure?

Your hair has been dyed every color of the rainbow. What shade will you go for next?

Give your week a hashtag.

What’s your surefire way to win the week ahead?

What are you looking forward to about the week ahead?

Signing off!

Intrigued? Jenny describes her style as ‘curious’, so if you’re wondering what to wear to Fort Tilden, or like the sound of her go-to ensemble, it’s time to experiment with your style!