About the Author

Jessica Koslow was born and raised in Venice, Calif. After graduating from Brown University, she moved to New York City and worked at McCall’s magazine, where she learned to write and edit, and gained invaluable publishing experience. Here, she also began her freelance writing career and scored her first published piece in Vibe magazine, thus combining her love of writing and hip-hop.

Next, Jessica was a copywriter at Columbia House, writing descriptive music copy for their catalogs and website. She also continued to expand her freelance writing and editing credits and branched out to promote industry parties and manage artists. Jessica’s last job in New York before moving to Los Angeles in 2006 was as Arts & Entertainment Editor for New York Press.

She was the editor of Campus Circle, an L.A.-based weekly newspaper, for four years. In May 2012, she received her master’s in Specialized Journalism (The Arts) at USC Annenberg School for Communication and Journalism and wrote her thesis on krumping. She also made a mini-documentary with one of her classmates on a krump ritual titled, “The 818 Session,” which was accepted into two Los Angeles film festivals and screened in June 2012.

In June 2012, she scored her first L.A. Times clip, and in September 2012, she produced a USC Visions and Voices event, titled “The Underground: From the Streets to the Stage,” which premiered at Bovard Auditorium. Read more about The 818 Session at the818session.com.

Contact: Jessica.Koslow@gmail.com; 310-403-6646

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