Jennifer Banash was born and raised in New York City. She lives, works and writes in Iowa City, Iowa, and is a doctoral candidate in English at the University of Iowa. In August 2006, she co-founded Impetus Press, a small indie publisher in the Midwest dedicated to publishing serious literary fiction with a pop edge.

Jennifer's first novel Hollywoodland: An American Fairy Tale, is published by Impetus Press, and a non-fiction essay, "The Ring," will appear in the May 2007 release Generation What?: Dispatches from the Mid-Twenties Crisis, published by Speck Press. She is currently writing an untitled young adult series for Penguin, Berkley, and working on a novel about the court of Versailles under the reign of Louis XIV.