Jessie Male is an PhD student interested in disability studies pedagogy, representations of physical disability in postmodern American literature and popular culture and memoir. She has a specialized interest in polio narratives. She has worked as a high school creative writing teacher and an adjunct lecturer in literature and composition at Hunter College. She is a 2011 Edward Albee Fellow. Male has personal essays in publications like Guernica, Nerve, Vol. 1 Brooklyn and Satya Magazine. She divides her time between Columbus and New York City.