Emerging as a giant of creative non-fiction for her virtuosic synthesis of memoir, criticism and journalism, Leslie Jamison is the bestselling author of The Empathy Exams and The Recovering. Grappling with the tension between seeing and being seen, her newest collection Make It Scream, Make It Burn examines the world’s loneliest whale, looks at the eerie past-life memories of children and explores the virtual world of the online platform Second Life. Rebecca Harkins-Cross meets Leslie to discuss a body of work that “interrogates the palpitations of not just her own trippy heart but of all of ours” (The New York Times).

Leslie Jamison (International)

Leslie Jamison

Leslie Jamison is the New York Times bestselling author of The Recovering, a critical memoir, two essay collections (The Empathy Exams and Make It Scream, Make It Burn) and a novel (The Gin Closet). She is a contributing writer for The New York Times Magazine and directs the graduate non-fiction program at Columbia University.

Rebecca Harkins-Cross (Australian)

Rebecca Harkins-Cross

Rebecca Harkins-Cross is an award-winning non-fiction writer and cultural critic. Based in Melbourne, her work has been published widely in journals and periodicals across Australia and the world. She is currently completing a PhD in Creative Writing, finalising her debut essay collection Terror Australis: Essays on Film and Home, and has received a 2020 Fulbright Scholarship to spend six months at Columbia School of the Arts’ Writing Program in New York City.