Jennifer Massoni Pardini has contributed to magazines since 1999. She was the Senior Editor of 18 Media’s Gentry family of magazines for several years, including the year she moonlit as the Editorial Director of CAFE, the 2006 arts and culture magazine that served the San Francisco Bay Area. Her work has also appeared in The New York Times’ Motherlode, The Washington Post Magazine, San Francisco Chronicle, Men’s Journal, Crawdaddy!, California Home & Design, I Love Chile News, and Vanity Fair, where she was the Associate Editor of Oscar Night: 75 Years of Hollywood Parties (Knopf, 2004). Her personal essays have been published with Literary Mama, Outside In Literary & Travel Magazine, and anthologized in Three Minus One: Stories of Parents’ Love and Loss (She Writes Press, 2014) and Leave the Lipstick, Take the Iguana: Funny Travel Stories and Strange Packing Tips (Travelers’ Tales, 2012). She is also a monthly contributor to Pregnancy After Loss Support.
She is a 2002 graduate of Boston College and the Columbia Publishing Course. In 2011, she earned her MFA in English and Creative Writing from Mills College, where she won the Amanda Davis MFA Thesis in Fiction Award and the Ardella Mills Prize for Literary Composition. Always willing to find the adventure in the assignment, she has written about sculpting elephants in Italy (where her family is from), surfing waves in California (where she is from), and making wine in Chile (where she, until recently, wrote from). After her life took a sudden turn, she put aside a novel and wrote a memoir about her son, coping, and reproductive rights. In his honor, she collects hearts for the Chain-Link Heart Project, often alongside her husband, daughters, and pup.