Here are some things I've written:
- Nonfiction, "Playing God: On Death, Motherhood, and Creatures" (Unwinnable, Kotaku)
- Nonfiction, "Allow Natural Death" (Unwinnable)
- Explainer, "Finding Your Voice" (IndieMEGABOOTH)
- Nonfiction, "My Mother's Dog" (Bygone Bureau)
- Column, "The Year the Pause Button Died" (Slate)
- Column, "Gamergate is the most expansive real-world ARG in games history" (Slate)
- Retrospective, "Chop Suey Got Gaming for Girls Right" (Vice Motherboard, Rhizome)
- Review, "Animal Crossing: New Leaf" (Paste)
- Review, "Lethis: Path of Progress" (PC Gamer)
- Humor, "The Evolution of April O'Neil" (The Temper Temper, Jezebel)
- Nonfiction, "All The Spaces Between Us" (Kill Screen Magazine)
- Blog, "On Consuming Media Responsibly" (Medium)
- Essay, "I Was a Teenage Sexist" (Unwinnable)
- Blog, "The Rolodex" (GamaSutra)
- Interviewee, "Games are a Faith-Based Pursuit: A conversation with Jenn Frank" (Rhizome)
- Interviewee, "The Critic" (CultureRamp)
- Listicle, "Jenn Frank's Top 10 Games of 2014" (Giant Bomb)
- Blog, "Sean Bean Stabbed" (Evil Beet Gossip)
One of my video game previews, titled "He's Still Alive," won the 2013 Games Journalism Prize.
My Work History
Since 2008, other reviews, games criticism, and creative nonfiction have appeared in the pages of Kill Screen Magazine and also online at Paste, Unwinnable, Vice Motherboard, GameSetWatch, Gameranx, 1UP, WIRED GameLife, The Guardian, and the New York Times. I have also maintained an inconsistent presence at my website, Infinite Lives.
I've also provided the voice for two video games, Super Hexagon and the upcoming VIDEOBALL. (Thanks to the honors Super Hexagon received, I am technically a BAFTA nominee.) I lent my voice, too, to an anthropomorphic inhaler in an educational cartoon for kids with asthma.
I graduated from Northwestern University in 2004 with academic honors and a degree in fiction writing (yes, that is a real thing); my concentration was Russian lit. For the next two years I worked as a Chicago-area actor and musician, and also in retail, at a "designer toy" gallery. Inspired by both GMR and the 1UP.com community itself, I began writing about video games, just for fun, during my final year of college.
What You Get