Women of Distinction 2020 Spotlight: Morgan Jerkins
Morgan Jerkins graduated from Princeton University with an AB in Comparative Literature, specializing in nineteenth century Russian literature and postwar modern Japanese literature, and an MFA from Bennington Writing Seminars.
Jerkins’s debut essay collection, This Will Be My Undoing: Living at the Intersection of Black, Female, and Feminist in (White) America, was a New York Times bestseller which interweaves her incisive commentary on pop culture, feminism, black history, misogyny, and racism with her own experiences to confront the very real challenges of being a black woman today.
She is a Senior Editor at Zora Magazine a division of Medium, whose work has been featured in The New Yorker, Vogue, the New York Times, The Atlantic, ELLE, Rolling Stone, Lenny, and BuzzFeed, among many others.
Jerkins is only in her twenties, but she has already established herself as an insightful, brutally honest writer who isn’t afraid of tackling tough, controversial subjects. Her second book, Wandering in Strange Lands: A Daughter of the Great Migration Reclaims Her Roots, is forthcoming in 2020.