What started out as a streaming audio show at Wired in 2000 morphed into this little program in my tiny corner of the Internet.

Author and publisher Brad King hosts The Downtown Writers Jam Podcast, this hour-long, one-on-one interview program where authors discuss the horrible choices they made in life that led them down the road to writing. Sometimes there is whiskey. Oftentimes there is cursing. But always entertaining. (My friends wouldn’t lie to me, right?)

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Episode 43: Jen Sullivan Brych: JenSul was the Wired.com colleague who wasn’t actually my colleague and the person everyone assumed I knew even though we didn’t. We’ve corrected that error on this show. Jen Sullivan Brych visited the Jam to talk about the dotcom era, her winding road to a writing career, and her first novel, which she’s currently shopping. Definitely the best, nerdiest deep dive into the world of writing in forty-three episodes of the Jam.


About Jen Sullivan Brych

Jen Sullivan Brych is an award-winning writer whose past publications include Fourteen Hills, The Los Angeles Times, Wired, The Rumpus, and sparkle+blink.

She was also a finalist for Third Coast magazine’s fiction contest. Her plays have been performed in various Bay Area theaters, and she has an MFA from San Francisco State University. She has also read at large events like Litquake, Writers with Drinks, and Quiet Lightning.

She’s led panel discussions and hosted authors as part of the Visiting Writers Series at City College of San Francisco, where she teaches creative writing and literature, and helped revive Forum, the college’s literary magazine founded in 1937. In her previous life, around the turn of the millennium, she was also a journalist, and she wrote hundreds of articles about online music and culture for Wired before going freelance and writing for other outlets including Salon.

She is currently working on a novel.

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