American Society of Magazine Editors

Patrik Henry Bass

Senior Editor


Patrik Henry Bass joined HarperCollins as a senior editor in June 2018. For nearly two decades he was a part of ESSENCE’s editorial team first as books editor and for his last five years as editorial projects director. He built on the success of the magazine’s literary tradition and transformed the books section into the definitive voice for African-American trends in publishing. Bass 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 was also a member of the magazine’s senior features team, where he edited 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 Paris Review, 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, was 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 and a current adjunct professor at Syracuse University’s Newhouse School., grew up in Laurinburg, N.C. and lives in Brooklyn.