Zinzi is the author of What We Lose. Born in 1985 to a South African mother from an and African-American father. Zinzi Clemmons grew up in Swarthmore, Pennsylvania. and attended Brown University as an undergraduate, studying critical theory, then earned an MFA in fiction at Columbia University. While still at Columbia, Clemmons founded Apogee, an online magazine focused on art engaged with issues of identity. Currently Zinzi resident in Los Angeles.