Morgan Jerkins is an author, journalist, editor, and professor based in Manhattan.
Her debut essay collection, This Will Be My Undoing: Living at the Intersection of Black, Female, and Feminist in (White) America (Harper Perennial 2018), was a New York Times bestseller and longlisted for the PEN/Diamonstein-Spielvogel Award for the Art of the Essay. Her second and third books, narrative nonfiction and a novel, are forthcoming from Harper Books.
Her short form work on race and gender, pop culture, feminism, and literature has been featured in The New Yorker, The New York Times, Esquire, Rolling Stone, The Atlantic, The Guardian, and ELLE, among many others.
She graduated with her Bachelor’s Degree in Comparative Literature from Princeton University and an MFA in Writing and Literature from the Bennington Writing Seminars.
A former columnist and associate editor at Catapult and teaching fellow at Bennington College, Jerkins is the Senior Editor of ZORA magazine under Medium and the forthcoming Guest Picador Professor at Leipzig University.
Jerkins currently teaches at Columbia University’s MFA program in nonfiction and Catapult, and she lives in Harlem.