Jeremy Atherton Lin

Jeremy Atherton Lin is an Asian-American essayist based in Los Angeles and East Sussex, England. Jeremy studied playwriting at UCLA then held an editing position in San Francisco but preferred to self-publish blogs and zines of indiscreet observations. He later settled in the UK where he completed the Writing MA at the Royal College of Art.

Jeremy has contributed to the Times Literary Supplement, the Guardian, The White Review, ArtReview, The Face, Index, GQ, W, Literary Hub, Elephant, Little Joe, Fantastic Man, Tinted Window, Artforum and the Yale Review, for which he was named a finalist for the National Magazine Award in Essays and Criticism.

Jeremy’s debut book Gay Bar (2021) is a personal response to the demise of LGBT venues and was partly inspired by the Frank Ocean lyric: “Here’s to the gay bar you took me to. Here’s when I realised you talk so much more than I do.” The book went on to be selected as a Book of the Year by critics at the New York Times, NPR, Artforum, Gay Times and Vogue. It received the National Book Critics Circle Award for Autobiography.

Jeremy’s mixtapes can be heard on NTS Radio and Mixcloud. He has appeared as a guest on NPR, BBC Radio London, BBC Radio 4 and Resonance FM.

Teaching and speaking engagements include Cornell University, UC Berkeley, The Courtauld, Kings College London, Central St Martins, the Royal College of Art, Camberwell College of Arts, University of Glasgow, Birkbeck University and Uppsala Universitet.

Institutional commissions include Hayward Gallery, the National Trust and Moderna Museet, Stockholm.

Jeremy is a member of the Society of Authors.

He is an editor at Failed States.