Jarek Steele


jayJarek Steele Co-Owns Left Bank Books, where he has worked since March, 2002. During his time at the store, he has managed the company’s finances, created and managed its web and social media presence, and helped build the best group of booksellers in the world.

Jarek co-founded and served as the President of the St. Louis Independent Bookstore Alliance, a partnership of local bookstores created to collaborate on literacy projects in the St. Louis area.

Jarek maintains two blogs – jareksteele.wordpress.com, a professional bookselling blog andisitlevel.wordpress.com, a blog focusing on his own transgender experience and other social justice issues. He also writes memoir and personal essays.

He volunteers with local LGBT organizations and advises the board of Metro Trans Umbrella Group (MTUG) and is the Director of the Transgender Memorial Garden of St. Louis.

When he is not selling, carrying, delivering, writing or paying for books, he can usually be found in his garage or on a ladder completing some sort of carpentry project.