JAIMAL YOGIS started writing stories in Kindergarten and never stopped. After graduating from Columbia Journalism School, he became full-time feature writer for San Francisco Magazine where his story, What Happened to Black San Francisco, won Best Feature from the Western Publisher’s Association. Another feature, Killing the Death Penalty, was runner up for Best News Story.
Simultaneously, Jaimal published his first book, a humorous coming-of-age memoir about running away from home to surf around the globe. Saltwater Buddha became a quick best-seller, praised by The Times of London, The Age, Publisher’s Weekly, Kirkus, The San Francisco Chronicle and included in the Best Buddhist Writing of 2010 Anthology. The book is currently being made into a feature-length documentary, which Jaimal is writing.
Continuing to publish in San Francisco Magazine and national magazines like ESPN, AFAR, The Surfers Journal, Runner’s World, and Men’s Health, The Common Wealth Club of California voted Jaimal “The New Face of San Francisco Media” in 2010. In 2013, he published a journalistic memoir with Rodale called The Fear Project that explores the science of fear and courage, from surfing the biggest waves on earth to getting married and having children. The Fear Project has been featured by Oprah, The Wall Street Journal, Outside, Forbes, NPR, and many others.
Jaimal also recently optioned his first screenplay (in development), published his first children’s book and is currently working on a new book (TBA). An experienced teacher and speaker, Jaimal has also lectured or taught at UC Berkeley, San Francisco State, Hawaii Pacific University, 826 Valencia, and numerous high schools, writer’s festivals, and elementary schools. He lives in San Francisco with his wife, Amy, and sons, Kaifas and Eben.
To contact Jaimal, email jyogis[at]gmail.com or contact his literary agent, Kari Stuart, KStuart@icmpartners.com