Reading and discussion with Morgan Jerkins and Senthuran Varatharajah
What does it mean to be a black woman in the USA today? The author Morgan Jerkins pursued this question in her debut essay collection "This Will Be My Undoing". The book was a New York Times bestseller. Jerkins speaks to the Author and philosopher Senthuran Varatharajah on the intersections of pop culture, Feminism, black history and racism.
Morgan Jerkins is the author of This Will Be My Undoing: Living at the Intersection of Black, Female, and Feminist in (White) America, which became a New York Times bestseller, a New York Times Editors' Choice Pick, a Barnes & Noble Discover Pick, and was longlisted for the PEN/Diamonstein-Spielvogel Award for the Art of the Essay. Her short form work has been published in The New York Times, The New Yorker, The Atlantic, Rolling Stone, Esquire, and The Guardian, among many others. A graduate of Princeton University and Bennington College Writing Seminars, Jerkins is a former Associate Editor at Catapult and currently teaches nonfiction at Columbia University's MFA program.
Senthuran Varatharajah, born 1984, studied philosophy, theology and cultural studies in Marburg, Berlin and London. Senthuran Varatharajah lives in Berlin. He has received numerous awards for his novel Vor der Zunahme der Zeichen. Including the Bremen Literature Award and the Adelbert von Chamisso Award.