I am a writer and editor currently based in Iowa City, Iowa. Before Iowa, I was a features editor for Vox, as well as a contributing editor for The Los Angeles Review of Books. My work has also appeared in The Atlantic, New Republic, Los Angeles Times, Foreign Policy, and elsewhere. Before all of this, I was a playwright and dramaturg in Chicago.

My work centers on left politics, literary criticism, media criticism, and cultural criticism. I've written a lot of short-form editorial work, but the bulk of my output consists of long-form book reviews, essays, and features reporting (where I have produced both long profiles and day-to-day event coverage, for example of the 2016 Democratic National Convention for both New Republic and the Baffler).

If you'd like to see all of my previous work, most of it can be found on my essays page.

I welcome inquiries for (paid) work from all websites, newspapers, magazines, etc, as well as for appearances on radio, television, and podcasts. Please write me: emmettrensin@gmail.com

I am also on Twitter, @emmettrensin