Morgan Jerkins

Morgan Jerkins is an author, journalist, and editor. Her debut, This Will Be My Undoing: Living at the Intersection of Black, Female, and Feminist in (White) America, has garnered extensive praise and recognition for how it “lucidly articulates social dynamics that have dictated the realities of American black women for centuries” (New York Times Book Review). The essay collection became a New York Times bestseller, a New York Times Editors’ Choice Pick, a Barnes & Noble Discover Pick, and was longlisted for the PEN/Diamonstein-Spielvogel Award for the Art of the Essay. 

Jerkins has been called “a writer to be reckoned with” by Roxane Gay and “a star, a force, a blessing, a scholar and a critic” by Porochista Khakpour. Her short form work has been published in venues like The New York Times, The New Yorker, The Atlantic, Rolling Stone, Esquire, and The Guardian. She is a graduate of Princeton University and Bennington College Writing Seminars, a former Associate Editor at Catapult, has taught nonfiction at Columbia University’s MFA program, and is the Senior Editor of ZORA magazine under Medium. She is currently working on her second and third books—one narrative nonfiction, the other a novel.

You can find out more about Morgan Jerkins on her homepage. At ASL, she will be teaching two classes in the winter term of 2019/20.

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Prof. Morgan Jerkins
Picador Guest Professor for Literature
Room GWZ 3 5.14 | Phone: 0341/9737333