Jennifer received her MFA from The New School’s graduate program in Creative Writing, is an alum of The City College of New York’s baccalaureate program in English, and is a winner of a 2017 Queens Council of the Arts New Work Grant for her WIP essay collection.
She works as a production editor, was a contributing writer to Forbes.com and contributes to Bustle.com, and is the social media director and a writing instructor for Sackett Street Writers' Workshop. Additionally, she freelances as a proofreader/copyeditor/development editor and has written for the urban e-zine AroundHarlem.com and online restaurant review site DinnerReviews.com.
Jennifer is a panel organizer (she formally served as 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. She is also the creator and host of the podcast Minorities in Publishing.
Jennifer is the editor of Everyday People: The Color of Life—A Short Story Anthology with Atria Books, an imprint of Simon & Schuster (forthcoming 2018). Her short story “The Pursuit of Happiness” was nominated for a Pushcart Prize for 2017 by Newtown Literary Journal. Most recently, she's been featured on The Other Stories podcast and had a visual story posted on The Offing's Enumerate section. She has been a writer-in-residence at the Jentel Artist Residency Program from April-May 2011, at The Ragdale Foundation in April 2013, at Brush Creek Foundation for the Arts in May 2013, and at Kimmel Harding Nelson Center for the Arts from April-May 2017.
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, Wesleyan Writers Conference, and VONA/Voices.
Jennifer is presently working on a multi-generational linked story collection centered around race and family as well as an essay collection juxtaposing Black history with her family's journey after The Great Migration.
You can email Jenn at jbakernyc at Yahoo!