Our Friday Night Salon Series with Morgan Jerkins! Friday Night Salons—free and now open to the public—are a space for our community to learn from and write with some incredible authors, poets, journalists, and novelists.
Morgan’s writing prompts included:
- Take me to a moment where you realized just how different you are from your parents or your guardian.
- Think of your favorite color. Write a story based on a memory attached to that color that illuminates something about your personality and/or how you navigate the world.
- Tell me a story about a person who you misjudged based on your own beliefs and opinions at the time and how you reconsider that person as you’ve gotten older.
And she shared this awesome Writing Playlist with us!
Morgan Jerkins is the Senior Editor at ZORA and a Visiting Assistant Professor at Columbia University’s School of the Arts. 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 book, Wandering in Strange Lands: A Daughter of the Great Migration Reclaims Her Roots is forthcoming in August 2020 from Harper Books. Her other work has been featured in The New Yorker, The New York Times, Esquire, Rolling Stone, The Atlantic, The Guardian, and ELLE, among many others. A former Picador Guest Professor at Leipzig University, Jerkins graduated with her Bachelor’s Degree in Comparative Literature from Princeton University and an MFA in Writing and Literature from the Bennington Writing Seminars. She’s based in Harlem.