Jennifer Baker is the recipient of a 2017 NYSCA/NYFA Artist Fellowship and a 2017 Queens Council on the Arts New Work Grant (as well as the QCA Jr. Board Artistic Excellence Award) in Nonfiction Literature for her WIP essay collection. Her essay “What We Aren’t” was also listed as a Notable Essay in The Best American Essays 2018.
She works as a production editor, is a contributing editor to Electric Literature, and is the creator and host of the podcast Minorities in Publishing (a finalist for the 2018 Digital Book World Best Use of Podcasting in Book Marketing). Jennifer is the editor of Everyday People: The Color of Life—A Short Story Anthology with Atria Books, an imprint of Simon & Schuster. 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. 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 was panel organizer and 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 in literature. She was 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 and has conducted interviews for LitHub, School Library Journal, and Poets & Writers; and has contributed to sites such as Forbes.com and Bustle.com.
Jennifer is presently working on a multi-generational linked story collection centered around race and family as well as an essay collection juxtaposing American history with her family's journey after The Great Migration.
You can email Jenn at jbakernyc at Yahoo!