Pagan Kennedy tells stories about iconoclasts, humanitarian inventors, and scientific visionaries. Her eleven books include The First Man-Made Man, a study of the transgender pioneer Michael Dillon. Kennedy’s journalism has appeared in dozens of publications including The New York Times Magazine, where she wrote the “Who Made That?” column. In the 1980s and ’90s, she created a zine called Pagan’s Head that anticipated today’s self-produced samizdat—and was named the Queen of Zines by Wired Magazine. She is now a contributing writer for the New York Times Opinion section; she is also co-producing a serial podcast for the Radiotopia network.
As a Knight Science Journalism Fellow at MIT in 2010-11, Kennedy studied microbiology and neuroengineering. She has won numerous other awards including an NEA fellowship, a Smithsonian fellowship, and two Massachusetts Cultural Council fellowships.