On national parks (The New York Times Magazine); on nudists (Racked); on translating SpongeBob SquarePants to Broadway (The Outline); on the California Superbloom (New Yorker, online); on squats (New Yorker, online); on slime (New Yorker, online); on dealing drugs in self-driving cars (New York Times Magazine); on boating with boomers through the Okeechobee Canal (New York Times Magazine); on SUPERFOODS (New York Times Magazine); on Barbara Kruger, hypebeasts, and Supreme (New Yorker, online); on America's most beautiful freeway interchange (No Man's Land, print only); on noted teen eccentric Lil Yachty (New York Times Magazine); on #influencers (WIRED); on bus fiends (New Yorker, online); on amateur dermatology (New Yorker, online)
On my very first sip of Coca-Cola* (Eater); on millennials watching cat videos for pay (New York Times Magazine); on hoarding empty yogurt containers (Lucky Peach); on Fetty Wap (New York Times Magazine); on becoming a hat person (NY Mag)
*Nominated for a 2017 James Beard Award; 2017 AFJ Awards finalist
On visiting the world's largest drugstore (Vice); on plugging your ears with foam (New York Times Magazine); on fourth-wave coffee (The Hairpin); on extreme self care for modern ladies (Vice); on the parallel holes of Instagram and depression (Medium's The Message); on revenge for millennials (The Awl); on the penis on page 602 of the 1975 Fall/Winter Sears catalog (Medium's The Message); on optimizing your flesh prison (The Awl); on scented candles and self-actualization (NY Mag); on sweating (NY Mag); on assplay (Gawker); on God (The Awl)
I also write sometimes for the good 'n zany New York Times Kids Section, which is print only.
I teach an occasional basics of freelance writing class in collaboration with my friend and editor Leah Finnegan. The workshop covers all the basics of pitching ideas, working with editors, and asking for money. To bring us to your college or writing group, drop me an email at jamiekeiles@gmail. Past and upcoming dates are listed below:
Feb/March '18 @ Catapult NYC (Sold Out)
May 4, 2018 1-3pm @ The University of Chicago (FREE! Email me for more info)
June/July '18 @ Catapult NYC (Signup open soon here)
I write moderately about the best way to arrange the time before death. Frequently this writing is funny, though that's usually incidental. Due to popular demand, I have honed a few rudimentary reporting techniques and can now skate by as a serious journalist. In any case, I try to do work that entertains people and makes them feel calm and smart.
born New Year's Day '92
KEILES is pronounced KAY-liss