A native New Yorker, Jennifer Baker has been writing since she entered the academic institution and continues to do so every moment she gets. Jennifer received her MFA from The New School’s graduate program in Creative Writing and is an alum of The City College of New York’s baccalaureate program in English.
She works as a production editor in academic publishing, while also freelancing as an ESL tutor, proofreader/copyeditor, story editor for emerging writers, has written for the urban e-zine AroundHarlem.com, and currently writes restaurant reviews for DinnerReviews.com. Additionally, Jennifer is social media manager for We Need Diverse Books, a non-profit organization that sprang to life from the #WeNeedDiverseBooks media campaign to increase minority representation (of all kinds) in literature. And she is co-creator and production engineer for the new biweekly podcast Minorities in Publishing.
Jennifer has been a writer-in-residence at the Jentel Artist Residency Program from April-May 2011, at The Ragdale Foundation in April 2013, and at Brush Creek Foundation for the Arts in May 2013. In December 2013, her young adult manuscript, The Facility, won the SCBWI On-the-Verge Emerging Voices Award for underrepresented voices in children’s literature. Jennifer has attended and won scholarships for several writing conferences since attaining her graduate degree including the Pan African Literary Forum, Postgraduate Writers’ Conference, Napa Valley Writers’ Conference, Glen Workshop West, and the Wesleyan Writers Conference.
Jennifer is presently working on a multi-generational linked story collection centered around race and family as well as a young adult novel with a diverse cast and essays centered around race, culture, and sexuality. She enjoys baking & updating her blog (look for new posts on Mondays and Fridays) with articles, food/book reviews, giveaways, interviews, and writing advice.
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