Germ Lynn is a cellist, freelance writer, and professional giver living in Brooklyn, pursuing a life after death by sowing seeds, recording sounds, and doing mostly good things. Published under a deadname, their work is lost or at least, remains to be seen.
Germ started in radio, enjoying the sense of urgency and intimacy that could be conveyed with the human voice, even mediated. Things went south with a promotion to the social media department, where “the voice” got too abstract and at the same time, loud. Tired of spending most of their time thinking about social media campaigns, Germ quit a mediocre job and landed an entry level job in an entirely unrelated field. Now they are pitching articles, so still interviewing and pursuing journalistic work, between the demands of being the live-in help. And during the day, they work in an adaptive garden that provides horticultural therapy to people with developmental disabilities and mental illnesses. Much of their work explores finding a voice. Germ leads a quiet life, at times constrained, but surrounds themselves with revolutionary people and things. The garden provides fertile ground to access ideas about death, faith, failure, and renewal and many of these themes come up in Germ’s writing too, as they are interested in finding for themselves permission to speak and freedom to fail.