“Jordan Blum is an eccentric, sarcastic, and overly critical bastard who likes to write in the third person.” – Anonymous
Okay, now for the serious…
I earned my MFA in Fiction in 2011, and I currently teach at several colleges, which is both a blessing and a curse (as any professor will tell you). I like to incorporate various art forms into my courses (poetry, fiction, music, TV, film, etc.) to explore how creative minds use their mediums for social commentary.
I’m also a professional pop culture writer (mostly, I’m a music journalist specializing in progressive rock/metal, but I also dabble in film, TV, books, and video games). I’m currently a Features Editor at Popmatters and contributor to Rebel Noise, PROG, Metal Injection, Consequence of Sound, The Prog Report, Roland, Kerrang!, Recording Academy/GRAMMYS, Rock and Roll Globe, NewEARS Prog Show, and WhatCulture, among other places. Finally, I’m an author with Sonicbond Publishing, where I’ve published two books in their “On Track” series (on Jethro Tull and Dream Theater) and am currently working on a third one (about Opeth). You can purchase all of those books through Amazon, B&N, or Burningshed!
Musically, I work under the pseudonym Neglected Spoon. My first album will be out as soon as I kick myself in the ass enough to create it. (As of January 2, 2021, this remains true.)
Finally, I’m the founder and Editor-in-Chief of The Bookends Review, an online creative arts journal. We publish every Monday and Friday (and most Wednesdays, which is also when our monthly Cover to Cover with . . . podcast/interview series posts) and release a ‘Best of’ print anthology at the end of every year. Please, check us out!