I write fiction for girls figuring out their world, and true stories about the women who built it.
Jess Rinker is the author of Gloria Takes a Stand, a picture book biography of Gloria Steinem, and the forthcoming, Send a Girl: The Brenda Berkman Story, due out in 2021, both are published by Bloomsbury.
Jessica’s middle grade novel debut duology, The Dare Sisters, will be published in Fall 2020 and 2021 by Imprint/Macmillan. Jess has a BA in Social Welfare and received her MFA in Writing for Children and Young Adults from Vermont College of Fine Arts. She has won many awards for her work including short story, creative nonfiction, and most recently an honorable mention for the Katherine Paterson Prize from Hunger Mountain for her middle grade manuscript, The Young Traveler’s Club.
In addition to writing, Jess also teaches in the MFA program at Sierra Nevada College and works as a freelance developmental editor and
Currently she lives in New Jersey in a tiny town along the Delaware River with her husband, Joe McGee, who is also a children's author.