John Freeman is the editor of Freeman's, a literary annual of new writing, and executive editor of Literary Hub. His books include How to Read a Novelist and Dictionary of the Undoing, as well as Tales of Two Americas, an anthology about income inequality in America, and Tales of Two Cities, an anthology of new writing about inequality in New York City. He is also the author of two collections of poems, Maps and The Park. His work is translated into more than twenty languages, and has appeared in The New Yorker, The Paris Review, and The New York Times. The former editor of Granta, he teaches writing at New York University.
Featured on the New York Times' climate change reading list When the introduction has more content and brilliance than most books, you know you are in for a treat in the remaining pages.... Read it. Share it. Let it change the way you relate to our only home. --Orion Magazine If you've only ever read the headlines about climate change wreaking its worst havoc on the world's most vulnerable, Tales of Two Planets is likely to shock you. For everyone else, it will be a humanization of the broad trends you've read about, rendered with poignant specificity by writers who have actually lived them. --Wired Full of such varied writing that there's no opportunity for cliche to take hold . . . A reminder that excellent environmental writing can come from literally anywhere. --The New Republic The third in Freeman's hat trick of anthologies that examines inequalities, Tales of Two Planets, may be the most important, for it addresses a colossal and irreversible threat: climate change [. . . This] collection is critical to understanding our planet beyond the scope of our own personal plights. --Literary Hub In this eye-opening anthology about climate change, an impressive cast of contributors including Edwidge Danticat, Mohammed Hanif, and Margaret Atwood reflect on how the grim horror of our current ecological reality is being felt around the world. --Elle A powerful and timely collection on a topic that cannot be ignored . . . Assembling the creative work of respected writers from both the developed and developing world, Freeman offers a sobering meditation on the future challenges that everyone will face. --Kirkus Reviews [E]nvironmental and humanitarian crises in Egypt, Mexico, Hawaii, New Zealand, Bangladesh, Nigeria, and beyond are brought forward in masterful works elegiac, angry, and ironic in Freeman's clarion global chorus. --Booklist, starred review Tragically, climate change is one thing that's not on pause right now, and this impressive collection is a small but engaging way to remind yourself of that [. . .] Every piece is short but impactful. --Outside