Justin Heinze is a Philadelphia based journalist, fiction writer, environmentalist, and long distance runner. He has a BA in English and History from St. Joseph’s University (2009), and is currently working on an MS in Environmental Studies at Green Mountain College. He served three terms of national service with Americorps in California, Arizona, and Montana, leading backcountry conservation crews and writing about the desert and the mountains. In 2013 he traveled to Africa to explore the Swahili coast and work on an organic farm and orphanage in Tanzania. He has been a staff writer for the Northwest Florida Daily News and the University of Pennsylvania, and has covered southeastern Pennsylvania for Patch since 2015. He’s currently working on his first book, a work of fiction which examines climate change impacts in East Africa. His fiction has been published in Novelletum, Crimson and Gray, and Polyphony, among others. His hero is his father, an athlete, coach, poet, and outdoorsman who taught him how to dream.

Email: heinzejm@gmail.com


Justin’s to-read books

Benito CerenoThe Tree Where Man Was BornThe Mojave: A Portrait of the Definitive American DesertThe StrangerLetters to a Young PoetInto Africa: The Epic Adventures of Stanley & LivingstoneCall It CourageEast of EdenCannery RowTravels with Charley: In Search of America
Tortilla FlatThe Winter of Our DiscontentTo a God UnknownThe Pastures of HeavenThe Long ValleyThe Log from the Sea of CortezPale FireInvitation to a BeheadingAda, or Ardor: A Family ChronicleShadow Country

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