A bit about me…

Head shot of author Jessica Lévai, looking at you, next to a window. She has glasses and a knowing smile.
photo by Matthew Stein Photography

Jessica Lévai (she/her) has been interested in stories and language her whole life. She studied history (with a double-major in mathematics) at The College of William and Mary and went on to earn her PhD in Egyptology from Brown University. She remembers proudly that one week she passed exams in four kinds of Egyptian, Attic Greek, and German. For eight years as an adjunct professor she taught undergrads about Ancient Egypt, Mythology, and Folklore, even creating a course about the roles of women, both in stories and as storytellers.

Somewhere in all this education she discovered that she loved writing essays for fun almost as much as she loved stories, and eventually she published a handful of articles at Overthinkingit.com, tackling subjects like Batman, Phineas and Ferb, and Transformers: The Movie with academic rigor and a fangirl’s enthusiasm.

In 2016 she devoted herself to writing full-time, and you can read her work online at Luna Station Quarterly, Cossmass Infinities, and Tor.com. Her first novella, The Night Library of Sternendach, is a vampire romance in Pushkin sonnets. She has begun work on her second long-form piece and dreams of one day collaborating on a graphic novel, and meeting Stephen Colbert.

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