Jason Schmidt was born in Eugene, Oregon, in 1972 and was raised up and down the I-5 corridor — but mostly on Seattle’s Capitol Hill. Jason is the author of A List of Things That Didn’t Kill Me, a memoir published by Farrar, Straus and Giroux, a Macmillan imprint. His writing has appeared in Jeopardy Magazine, Cranky Literary Journal, and ZYZZYVA, only one of which has since gone out of business. He took first place in the 4th quarter of the 1998 L. Ron Hubbard Writers of the Future Contest (yes, you read that right), and is the recipient of a 4Culture Art Projects grant. He holds a BA in Creative Writing and a JD, both from the University of Washington. As a law student he received the Frank E. Holman & Judge William Steinert scholarships, and a CALI Excellence for the Future Award. He can make a large cheese pizza in under 40 seconds.
Jason has appeared at West of Lenin Theatre, and Jennifer Jasper‘s Family Affair, as well as being an occasional guest at Annex Theatre‘s late-night cabaret, Spin the Bottle. Sometimes he just reads anywhere anyone will let him, and he has recently become quite fond of the Works in Progress open mic night at Richard Hugo House.
Jason currently lives in Seattle, with his family, and is working on a second book.