American Society of Magazine Editors

Patrik Henry Bass

Editorial Projects Director


Patrik Henry Bass joined the ESSENCE editorial team in as books editor in 2000 and is now the magazine's editorial projects director. He has built on the success of the magazine’s literary tradition and transformed the section into the definitive voice for African-American trends in publishing. Bass has played a significant role in the development of such recognizable editorial franchises as The Essence Book Club, the Essence Short Fiction Contest, the Essence Best-Sellers List and the 2008 Essence Literary Awards.

Bass is also a member of the magazine’s senior features team, where he edits a wide-range of articles including profiles, personal service stories and special projects.

Bass has written and edited for numerous publications including the New York Times, O, The Oprah Magazine, the Washington Post, Entertainment Weekly, Time Out New York and Publishers Weekly.

He is co-author of In Our Own Image: Treasured African-American Traditions, Journeys and Icons (Running Press, 2001) and wrote Like A Mighty Stream: The March on Washington, August 28, 1963 (Running Press, 2002).

The Zero Degree Zombie Zone, his first children’s book, will be released on August 26, 2014 from Scholastic Press.

Bass has made numerous appearances speaking about media and publishing, including CNN’s Weekend Edition, and Talk of the Nation on National Public Radio and is currently a contributor to the Takeaway, a co-production of WNYC, the New York Times, WGBH and the BBC.

Bass, a former professor at New York University’s School of Journalism grew up in Laurinburg, N.C., and lives in Brooklyn.