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Morgan Jerkins

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REWIND: Exploring the Layers with Morgan Jerkins

Black & Published

On this episode of Black & Published, Nikesha is speaking with writer, editor, and New York Times Bestselling author Morgan Jerkins. Jerkins, who previously wrote the essay collection, This Will Be My Undoing and the memoir Wandering in Strange Lands, marks her fiction debut with Caul Baby. The Senior Culture Editor for ESPN's The Undefeated and a visiting professor at Columbia University, Jerkins' work has been featured in The New Yorker, The New York Times, The Atlantic, Rolling Stone, ELLE, Esquire and more. She is currently based in Harlem. During the interview Jerkins' opens up about how her memoir helped inspire parts of her novel and why she chose to examine Black motherhood with such intensity. She also discusses the undercurrent of displacement that drives the motivations of her characters, how women make an enterprise out of their bodies, and why when she's all written out, first and foremost, she wants to be remembered. ***Follow @Nikesha_Elise on Twitter and Instagram and check out her latest novel Beyond Bourbon Street available everywhere books are sold. Don't forget to subscribe to Black & Published on your podcast platform of choice as well as rate and review. If you have thoughts, feedback, or questions about the episode, hit us up at @blkandpublished on Twitter and Instagram using the hashtag #blackandpublished. Support the show

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14 Jul 2022

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S4. Ep. 2: Morgan Jerkins reads an excerpt from "Caul Baby"


Morgan Jerkins reads an excerpt from her book "Caul Baby," backed by an original Storybound remix with French Cassettes, and sound design and arrangement by Jude Brewer.Born and raised in Southern New Jersey, and now residing in Harlem, New York, Morgan Jerkins is the New York Times Bestselling author of "This Will Be My Undoing: Living at the Intersection of Black, Female, and Feminist in (White) America" and "Wandering In Strange Lands: A Daughter of the Great Migration Reclaims Her Roots." She holds a BA in Comparative Literature from Princeton University and an MFA from the Bennington Writing Seminars and teaches regularly at Columbia University. Her third book "Caul Baby" was one of 2021's most anticipated books by TIME, Buzzfeed, and Oprah Magazine.French Cassettes is a harmony-driven power-pop group from San Francisco. The quartet's new LP, Rolodex, is hook-filled and rooted in pop, layered with intricate vocal harmonies and counter-harmonies, inventive percussion, and every shade of clean and fuzzy guitars stacked up like an orchestra. These uncommonly majestic, esoteric pop forms serve as the perfect delivery service for their playful and verbose lyrics.Support Storybound by supporting our sponsors: Home. Made. is a podcast hosted by Stephanie Foo that explores the meaning of home and what it can teach us about ourselves and each other. Listen to Home. Made. wherever you listen to podcasts. Norton brings you Michael Lewis' The Premonition: A Pandemic Story, a nonfiction thriller that pits a band of medical visionaries against a wall of ignorance as the COVID-19 pandemic looms. Scribd combines the latest technology with the best human minds to recommend content that you'll love. Go to try.scribd.com/storybound to get 60 days of Scribd for free. Finding You is an inspirational romantic drama full of heart and humor about finding the strength to be true to oneself. Now playing only in theaters. Acorn.tv is the largest commercial free British streaming service with hundreds of exclusive shows from around the world. Try acorn.tv for free for 30 days by going to acorn.tv and using promo code storybound. Storybound is hosted by Jude Brewer and brought to you by The Podglomerate and Lit Hub Radio. Let us know what you think of the show on Instagram and Twitter @storyboundpod.***This show is a part of the Podglomerate network, a company that produces, distributes, and monetizes podcasts. We encourage you to visit the website and sign up for our newsletter for more information about our shows, launches, and events. For more information on how The Podglomerate treats data, please see our Privacy Policy. Since you're listening to Storybound, you might enjoy reading, writing, and storytelling. We'd like to suggest you also try the History of Literature or Book Dreams. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices


15 Jun 2021

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Family Secrets with Morgan Jerkins


Tracing family trees can take more than DNA tests and genealogy websites, especially if your ancestors were enslaved. Acclaimed writer Morgan Jerkins tells Caroline about driving across the country to find out who she came from, how she fits into the broader history of the Great Migration and why learning about her family's ancestry changed her perception of Blackness. Unladylike: A Field Guide to Smashing the Patriarchy and Claiming Your Space is available now, wherever books and audiobooks are sold. Signed copies are available at podswag.com/unladylike. Follow Unladylike on social @unladylikemedia. Subscribe to our newsletter at unladylike.co/newsletter. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices


6 Apr 2021

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We. Contain. Multitudes. An Interview with Morgan Jerkins

Feminist Book Club: The Podcast

Natalia interviews Morgan Jerkins about her first fiction novel Caul Baby out April 6th. Caul Baby illuminates the search for familial connection, how to hold tight to your community, the enduring power of tradition, and the dark corners of the human heart. Two enthusiastic thumbs up both for the book, and the conversation. Follow Morgan: Website // Instagram // Twitter Follow and support today's host: NataliaInstagram // Twitter This episode was edited by Phalin Oliver and produced by Renee Powers on the native land of the Dakota people. Original music by @iam.onyxrose Learn more about Feminist Book Club on our website, sign up for our emails, shop our Bookshop.org recommendations, and follow us on Instagram, Twitter, Facebook, Pinterest.


1 Apr 2021

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Encore: Built for This: Morgan Jerkins Reclaims Her Roots

Let's Go Together

Author Morgan Jerkins speaks six languages and has traveled all over the world. Most recently, she went on a journey to explore her own roots as a Black woman in America. She discusses encountering racism while traveling and how travel has helped inform her sense of identity as a Black woman. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices


31 Mar 2021

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Morgan Jerkins: Wandering In Strange Lands


Have you ever signed up for one of those ancestry sites, or maybe sent in a sample of your saliva and received DNA results? Well what can those results really tell you about the people and the traditions that inform your personal lineage? In Wandering in Strange Lands: A Daughter of the Great Migration Reclaims Her Roots, author Morgan Jerkins takes a unique approach to understanding where she came and uncovers a wealth of incredible stories, traditions, and painful surprises. About the AuthorMorgan Jerkins is the New York Times bestselling author of This Will Be My Undoing: Living at the Intersection of Black, Female, and Feminist in (White) America, which was longlisted for PEN/Diamonstein-Spielvogel Award for the Art of the Essay and a Barnes & Noble Discover Pick, and Wandering In Strange Lands: A Daughter of the Great Migration Reclaims Her Roots. Her third book, Caul Baby: A Novel, is forthcoming from Harper Books in April 2021. She holds a BA in Comparative Literature from Princeton University and an MFA from the Bennington Writing Seminars. A recently named Forbes 30 under 30 Leader in Media, Jerkins regularly teaches at Columbia University’s School of the Arts in the Nonfiction department. Born and raised in Southern New Jersey, she’s currently based in Harlem and at work on television and film projects. Episode Credits:This episode was produced by Andrew Dunn and Amanda Stern. It was edited, mixed and sound-designed by Andrew Dunn who also created Bookable's chill vibe. Our host is Amanda Stern. Beau Friedlander is Bookable's executive producer and editor in chief of Loud Tree Media.  Music:"Books That Bounce" by Rufus Canis, "Uni Swing Vox" by Rufus Canis, "Jungles" by Isaac Aesili, "Every Corner In The Black Lodge" by 1939 Ensemble, "Molasses and Wine" by Heliix, "The Chase" by Principle, "Brainiac" by Cold Storage Percussion Unit. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices


2 Mar 2021

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Club Book Episode 105 Morgan Jerkins

Club Book

Morgan Jerkins is the New York Times bestselling memoirist behind the popular 2018 essay collection This Will Be My Undoing: Living at the Intersection of Black, Female, and Feminist in (White) America. Her anticipated follow-up, Wandering in Strange Lands, hit shelves August 4. Subtitled ‘A Daughter of the Great Migration Reclaims Her Roots,’ Jerkins’ sophomore book is at once deeply personal and nationwide in its scope. Between 1916 and 1970, six million black Americans left their rural homes in the South for jobs in cities in the North, West, and Midwest in a movement known as the Great Migration. In so doing, many became disconnected from their proud roots. As a means of rediscovering those national stories, Jerkins traced her own ancestors’ circuitous journey across the country – from Georgia and South Carolina, to Louisiana and Oklahoma, and all the way to California. In a starred review, Publishers Weekly lauded: “Jerkins’s careful research and revelatory conversations with historians, activists, and genealogists result in a disturbing yet ultimately empowering chronicle of the African-American experience.”

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18 Feb 2021

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Moms Don’t Have Time to Read Books

Wandering in Strange Lands was a labor of love for Morgan Jerkins. She talked to Zibby about her inspiration for the book, inheriting trauma, and why she encourages aspiring writers to investigate ideas that make them afraid. Now there's more! Subscribe to the Zibby Books audiobooks and the in-store events at Zibby's Bookshop in Santa Monica, CA. Join today! https://plus.acast.com/s/moms-dont-have-time-to-read-books. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.


24 Nov 2020

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OTTS Presents: Let's Go Together in conversation with Morgan Jerkins

Out Travel The System

While we're working away on Season Two of Out Travel the System, we thought it would be fun to share what we're listening to. This is an episode of Travel + Leisure's Let's Go Together, featuring New York Times best-selling author Morgan Jerkins. She speaks Japanese, Russian, Spanish, French, Portuguese, and English, which sure comes in handy on her travels! Jerkins shares her experiences as a Black female traveler, and traces her family's roots in America. If you're looking for more to listen to, don't forget to check out our curated travel podcast list here.


19 Oct 2020

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Episode 232 Smart, #Versatile and Writing all the Things with Morgan Jerkins


A book of essays. A memoir that’s truly a family history and an American history. And—soon—a novel. Morgan Jerkins talks starting a writing career as a millennial, the privileges necessary to survive (financially) in New York City while pursuing a writing career and fighting the urge to let other people decide whether to take your work seriously. We cover so much ground in this interview, from #publishingpaidme to interviewing skills to figuring out how much of your self belongs in your work, that we barely even grazed the surface of how much Morgan’s current book, Wandering in Strange Lands: A Daughter of the Great Migration Reclaims Her Roots, taught her—and teaches the reader—about Black American history and how hidden it still remains from most of us of any heritage. If you enjoyed Isabel Wilkerson’s The Warmth of Other Suns: The Epic Story of America's Great Migration or Caste, you’ll love Wandering—and even if you didn’t, if you’re a fan of memoir, interested in family history and legend or are just a product of the typical white-centric education in American history and wish you knew more about the many other sides of the story, grab it. Find Morgan Jerkins:On her website: www.morgan-jerkins.comand on Twitter: @MorganJerkins#AmReadingMorgan: Girl, Woman, Other: A Novel by Bernardine EvaristoTemporary by Hilary LeichterSeverance by Ling MaPachinko by Min Jin LeeKJ: Transcendent Kingdom by Yaa GyasiSarina: Uncanny Valley: A Memoir by Anna WienerUnspeakable Acts: True Tales of Crime, Murder, Deceit, and Obsession by Sarah WeinmanWe talk a LOT about money in this episode—huge thanks to everyone who supports the podcast financially. We hope you’re enjoying supporter-only Minisodes like When There's No Muse, Keep Going and Writer Top 5s like Top 5 Tips to Getting a Great Interview. To join that team, click the button below:But that doesn’t have to be you! The pod is free as it always has and always will be. This shownotes email is free, too, so please—forward it to a friend, and if you haven’t already, join our email list and be on top of it every time there’s a new episode.Find more about Jess here, Sarina here and about KJ here and don’t forget our sponsors and partners!Have you checked out Author Accelerator’s Book Coach training at bookcoaches.com/amwriting? Seriously, if every time you hear us talk about book coaching, you think to yourself—hey, I could do that!—you should. They have great programs for fiction, non-fiction and making your side-gig full time—and they offer tuition help for BIPOC coaches as well—more info on that at bookcoaches.com/equity.And if you haven’t tried Dabble yet, YOU MUST. Just go play with the storyline building tools. Trust us. This is a public episode. If you’d like to discuss this with other subscribers or get access to bonus episodes, visit amwriting.substack.com/subscribe


9 Oct 2020