Jamie Zvirzdin, Adjunct Faculty
Jamie Zvirzdin began her career in science writing when she was seventeen. Working for the Cosmic Ray Research Group at the University of Utah, she wrote programs using data from the group’s desert-based experiments, but she equally enjoyed crafting README documentation for her programs.
Since then, she’s moved around the world editing, teaching, and writing. For seven years she worked as the managing science editor for Atomium Culture, a Brussels-based nonprofit. She coordinated the editing of research articles from twenty-six universities for publication in seventeen major newspapers across the European Union, including such outlets as El País and Le Soir. She worked for eight years as a textbook editor for Taylor & Francis, proofreading upper-level graduate textbooks on physics, computer programming, mathematics, and engineering.
While living in the Marshall Islands, she founded The Unbound Bookmaker Project and received a grant from the RMI Ministry of Education to publish the writing and illustrations of over 300 Marshallese children. She also worked with the University of Hawaii researchers to publish pamphlets on atoll shoreline conservation. Moving to Montreal, she received an MFA in Writing and Literature from Bennington College and published work with Signature Books, Room, and Kenyon Review. Her Kenyon Review article about using fiction’s tools to write nonfiction work was chosen as the online centerpiece for KR’s special Fall 2016 issue, The Poetics of Science.
Moving to Nicaragua, Zvirzdin taught astronomy and science writing at the Pierre & Marie Curie School and the American University of Managua. While there, she published an essay with CONSEQUENCE Magazine on revolutions, both astronomical and political, just before she had to evacuate the country on account of political violence. Her Science & Religion essay won $5,000 from Creative Nonfiction Magazine and Issues in Science & Technology. Her work can also be found in Brevity, The Atlantic, and Orion Magazine.
Zvirzdin is now working again, part-time, for the Cosmic Ray Research Group in Utah. At JHU, she enjoys teaching Subatomic Writing, the Science Personal Essay & Memoir, and Prizewinners. She also enjoys humor writing, jinenkan karate, gin & tonic, and staying put in Maryland, at least for now.