Polan and Giraffe

The Rumpus Interview with Jason Polan, Part I

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Michelle Tea’s new novel, Mermaid in Chelsea Creek, was illustrated by Jason Polan, an artist who obsessively draws spot sketches of people and things around New York City. His life and background are fascinating, but he prefers to remain as anonymous as possible and let his work speak for itself. The following testimony was gathered from my research into his story, and then wildly embellished.

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Original Rumpus art by Jason Novak.

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Click here for excerpts of Jason Polan’s Mermaid in Chelsea Creek illustrations.


Jason Novak lives in Oakland with his wife and daughter. More from this author →