“But what is the difference between literature and journalism?

…Journalism is unreadable and literature is not read. That is all.”

-O. Wilde

I’ve been writing since even before I knew how to write, dictating stories to my parents at age 3. I’ve been similarly entranced by the arts for as long as I can remember, and somewhere along the line, everything converged. I’ve spent the last six years editing and writing for various publications, amassing a useful hodgepodge of skills typically gained working in proofreading (neurotic attention to detail) and editing (a sharp sense of good and bad writing, and the ability to transform the latter into the former).

At the moment, I’m taking time for my own writing, figuring out the next step, and devouring as much film,music and literature as possible in my spare time.

While living in France in 2009-2010, my neighbor started calling me “Madame Catastrophe.” It’s a reference to this book, and an apt nickname given my tendency to do things like drop (and break) fragile objects, lose everything I own, and trip up stairs.

You can pronounce it the American way (məˈdæm kəˈtæstrəfi) or the French (maˈdam katastʀɔf). Whatever takes your fancy.

Contact me at jennifer dot straus at gmail dot com for my formal resume or any other questions, comments or non sequiturs.