Originally from Georgia, LJ Pemberton is a writer / artist living in Los Angeles, California. Her essays, poetry, and award-winning stories have been featured in the Los Angeles Review, [PANK], Hobart, Cobalt, VICE, the Brooklyn Rail, the Electric Encyclopedia of Experimental Literature, and elsewhere. She was previously an assistant editor at NOON and she currently reviews fiction for Publishers Weekly.

Her (yet unpublished) novel, STARBOI — a queer tale of obsession and heartbreak set in the recent past — was recently long listed by the 2020 [PANK] Book Contest.

Bureau of Complaint, the online literary magazine she co-edits with Tye Pemberton, is open for submissions.

Recent publications:
Antville, Rejection Letters (short story) (2021)
Waterhouse, LEVEE Magazine (poem) (2021)
The Deserving, Malarkey Books (short story) (2021)
MOSKVA, Hobart (short story) (2021)
Husbandry, Los Angeles Review (short story) (2020)
Old Dog, Pittsburgh Poetry Journal (poem) (2020)

Upcoming publications:
STARBOI, Cosmonauts Avenue (novel excerpt)
Sober, Drunk Monkeys (poem)
Motion Sickness, Northwest Review (short story)