1467419_760452510634822_1278845443_nElena Zhang is a freelance writer based in Chicago, focusing on personal essays and cultural criticism. Her writing can be found in The Rumpus, Paste Magazine, Racked, Food52, The Establishment, Extra Crispy, Screener, Hello Giggles, Bustle, and The Mary Sue, among other publications. Follow her on Twitter: @EZhang77.

Previously, Elena graduated from Northwestern University and Johns Hopkins University with a BS and MS degree in Environmental Engineering, and worked for over two years at engineering consulting firms.

When not writing, she can be found selling cupcakes at her local farmer’s market.