Ladies of Jenny: Meet Beesan Odeh

In celebration of our upcoming women’s issue, we wanted to introduce you to a few of the great ladies of Jenny Magazine. Submissions for Issue 11, dedicated to exclusively featuring writing and art by female-identifying creators, close on September 10. We hope to see your work!

Beesan Odeh
Jenny Magazine Staff Member
Issue 11 Creative Nonfiction Co-Editor

Major: MFA in Fiction

What I like to read? A good story. Tolkien and his hobbits are my absolute favorites, but I also dig S.E. Hinton’s greasers. I don’t lean towards any one genre. I’ll try anything, whether it’s fantasy, realism, or magical realism. As long as it has that something special. As for what I’m currently reading, I’ve been meaning to get my hands on Laura Whitcomb’s Under the Light for a while now, the sequel to A Certain Slant of Light, which is one of my favorites.

When it comes to what I like to write, well, for the longest time, I wrote a lot of contemporary realism — or tried to at least — because it was familiar. Comfortable. I lost my confidence in fantasy, and even magical realism, after struggling with it when I was younger, which is silly because I was a kid and inexperienced and no one really likes their middle school or high school scribbles anyway. I just recently attempted fantasy for the first time in a long while and was pleasantly surprised. It’s something I would love to work with when all the right pieces come to me.

When I’m not reading or writing, I’m off messing with arts and crafts — tons of glitter — or trying to fix something around the house. I love music, too. I’m an Elvis Presley fanatic. Getting a new record player not too long ago, I’ve been running around collecting Elvis vinyl and fangirling. A little strange. Probably nerdy. But it’s all right.

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