Terri Jentz is the author of the acclaimed nonfiction book Strange Piece of Paradise, nominated in 2006 for a National Book Critics Circle Award and an Edgar Allan Poe Award in mystery writing. A blend of investigative journalism, memoir, detective story, travelogue, and philosophical meditation, it is the story of Jentz's investigation into the unsolved attempted murder against her and her college roommate in the Oregon desert in 1977.
A uniquely American story and also a universal inquiry into the nature of violence and trauma, community and social interconnection, Strange Piece of Paradise has garnered much attention abroad and is currently being translated into five languages. Jentz is also at work adapting it into a screenplay.
An advocate on behalf of putting an end to violence against women, she works with Equality Now, an international human rights organization dedicated to ending abuses against women like sex trafficking, domestic violence, and female genital mutilation. Jentz wants to shock people into sanity about what's happening to women. She is also committed to shocking people into sanity about any number of issues, and is particularly keen to launch new investigations. She is committed to moving beyond the limits of what people have known before, or what people have been willing to acknowledge.
Jentz received a BA in English literature from Yale University and pursued a career in magazine journalism and screenwriting in New York City before moving to Southern California.