Jia Tolentino

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Jia Tolentino
Alma materUniversity of Virginia
University of Michigan (MFA)
OccupationWriter, editor
EmployerThe New Yorker

Jia Tolentino is a staff writer for The New Yorker and formerly deputy editor of Jezebel and contributing editor at The Hairpin.[1][2] Her writing has also appeared in The New York Times Magazine[3] and Pitchfork.[4]

Early life and education[edit]

Tolentino was born in Toronto, Canada, to parents from the Philippines, and grew up in Texas in a Southern Baptist community.[5][6][7][8] In 2005,[9] she enrolled at the University of Virginia[10] where she was a Jefferson Scholar-Joseph Chappell Hutcheson Scholar.[11] After graduating from UVA in 2009, she spent a year in the Peace Corps and served in Kyrgyzstan,[5] going on to earn an MFA from the University of Michigan.[12]


Tolentino began writing working for The Hairpin in 2013, hired by then-editor-in-chief Emma Carmichael.[13] In 2014, Tolentino and Carmichael both moved to Jezebel, where Tolentino worked for two years before joining The New Yorker.[2]

Tolentino's work has won accolades writing across genres. Flavorwire called her a "go-to music source,"[14] while her first short story won the fall 2012 Raymond Carver Short Fiction Contest[15] and was nominated for a Pushcart Prize.[16] She has also drawn attention for essays on topics like race in publishing,[17] marriage,[18] abortion,[19] and notions of female empowerment,[20] as well as for no-holds-barred music criticism: The A.V. Club admired "Tolentino's sick burns on Charlie Puth"[21] and Studio 360 observed that even in the near-universal panning of Magic!'s song "Rude", "no criticism has been quite as cutting as Jia Tolentino's."[22] Tolentino has reported extensively on the #MeToo movement.[23][24][25]


Essays and reporting[edit]

  • Tolentino, Jia (October 30, 2017). "Limits of power". The Talk of the Town. Comment. The New Yorker. 93 (34): 15–16.[26]
  • — (December 4, 2017). "Killing it : is there something wrong with millenials?". The Critics. Books. The New Yorker. 93 (39): 65–68.[27]
  • — (February 12–19, 2018). "Safer spaces : could small changes in campus life reduce the risk of sexual assault?". American Chronicles. The New Yorker. 94 (1): 34–41.[28]

Cultural Comment columns from newyorker.com[edit]

Page-Turner columns from newyorker.com[edit]


  1. ^ "Jia Tolentino". The New Yorker. Retrieved 2018-02-06.
  2. ^ a b Sterne, Peter (June 17, 2016). "New Yorker hires Jezebel deputy editor Jia Tolentino as web staff writer". Politico.
  3. ^ Tolentino, Jia (10 March 2016). "'Marvin Gaye' Charlie Puth". The New York Times Magazine.
  4. ^ Tolentino, Jia (June 24, 2016). "Laura Mvula: The Dreaming Room Album Review". Pitchfork. Retrieved August 13, 2017.
  5. ^ a b Gruss, Mike (Summer 2017). "Rising Star: Jia Tolentino has quickly made a name for herself as an essayist". Virginia Magazine. Retrieved 2018-02-06.
  6. ^ Tolentino, Jia. "The Most American Thing". New Yorker. Retrieved 30 August 2017.
  7. ^ Tolentino, Jia. ""I'm a Canadian citizen"". Twitter. Retrieved 30 August 2017.
  8. ^ Tolentino, Jia (March 31, 2017). "Mike Pence's Marriage and the Beliefs That Keep Women from Power". The New Yorker. Retrieved 2017-08-14.
  9. ^ Tolentino, Jia (August 13, 2017). "Charlottesville and the Effort to Downplay Racism in America". The New Yorker. Retrieved 2017-08-14.
  10. ^ "Longform: Longform Podcast #183: Jia Tolentino". Longform.
  11. ^ Hamilton, Heath (April 29, 2005). "Second Baptist student wins Jefferson Scholarship at the University of Virginia". Your Houston News.
  12. ^ "Jia Tolentino - Jefferson Scholars Foundation". www.jeffersonscholars.org.
  13. ^ Tolentino, Jia. "Bye, I Hate It". Jezebel. Retrieved 2017-08-14.
  14. ^ "Staff Picks: Flavorwire's Favorite Cultural Things This Week". Flavorwire. 5 March 2014.
  15. ^ Liang, Rio (May 15, 2013). "Q&A with Jia Tolentino". Carve Magazine.
  16. ^ "Short Story Review: The Odyssey by Jia Tolentino". Fictionphile. 1 February 2013.
  17. ^ Bovy, Phoebe Maltz (12 October 2015). "White Male Writers: No Longer the Default, and Not Terribly Interesting". The New Republic.
  18. ^ Odell, Amy (30 December 2013). "Are We Seriously Still Judging Women Who Want to Get Married?". Cosmopolitan.
  19. ^ Tolentino, Jia. "Interview With a Woman Who Recently Had an Abortion at 32 Weeks". Jezebel. Retrieved 2018-10-01.
  20. ^ King-Miller, Lindsay (November 21, 2014). "Pretty Unnecessary: Taking beauty out of body positivity". Bitch Media.
  21. ^ Dart, Chris (10 March 2016). "The New York Times' "Future Of Music" list discusses "the era of the song"". The A.V. Club.
  22. ^ Rameswaram, Sean (August 26, 2014). "Sideshow Podcast: "Rude" by Magic! Is the Worst Best Song of the Summer". Studio 360.
  23. ^ Waldman, Paul (2018-01-25). "Opinion | Happy Hour Roundup". Washington Post. Retrieved 2018-02-01.
  24. ^ Chotiner, Isaac (2018-01-26). "I Have to Ask: The Jia Tolentino Edition". Slate. ISSN 1091-2339. Retrieved 2018-02-01.
  25. ^ Chotiner, Isaac. "The New Yorker's Jia Tolentino on How We're Missing the Real Issue of #MeToo". Slate Magazine. Retrieved 2018-02-01.
  26. ^ Online version is titled "Harvey Weinstein and the impunity of powerful men".
  27. ^ Online version is titled "Where millenials come from".
  28. ^ Online version is titled "Is there a smarter way to think about sexual assault on campus?".

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