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Morgan Jerkins

Morgan Jerkins is a fiction writer, essayist, occasional screenwriter, and a fanatic tea drinker. Follow her on Twitter: @MorganTheScribe.

The Personal Essay for Women of Color Confessionalists

While we at the Riot take some time off to rest and catch up on our reading, we’re re-running some of ...

The Personal Essay for Women of Color Confessionalists

The post you’re reading is part of Book Riot’s observance of #BlackOutDay. We are turning our attention fully to issues ...

Kafka and the Black Lives Matter Movement

“You can’t go away when you’re under arrest.” “And why am I under arrest?” he then asked. “That’s something we’re ...

Read This Underappreciated Book: ERASURE by Percival Everett

If you’re interested in the plight of being a modern-day African-American author, please read Erasure by Percival Everett.  I think that ...

Why Do We Sanitize Fairy Tales?

Over the summer, I picked up a teaching job in Brooklyn where I instructed children ages 7-15 on reading comprehension, ...

The Case for Not Dating A Non-Reader

Almost a month ago, I moved to New York City. I told my family and friends that I was moving ...

Celebrating the 100th Anniversary of THE METAMORPHOSIS

The other day, I was randomly searching literary anniversaries and I realized that this year marks the 100th year anniversary ...

Kill Your Faves: Atticus Finch

This post is part of our Harper Lee Reading Day: a celebration of one of the most surprising literary events of ...

Is Our Concept of “Well-Read” Elitist?

While we at the Riot are taking this lovely summer week off to rest (translation: read by the pool/ocean/on our ...

What Makes Writing Sensual?

Last night, the ceiling about me ached with dance. Music dripped down the walls like rain in an old house. ...

A Re-Reading of CITIZEN in Light of the Baltimore Uprising

“You take in things you don’t want all the time. The second you hear or see some ordinary moment, all ...

Tips On Writing A Character of Color

1. Don’t. Just kidding. I’m beyond excited that you want to embark upon this exciting task of creating a person who ...

To Junot Díaz

Hi again. You probably don’t remember me whatsoever but I sent you an email last year—September 27th to be exact–for ...

On The Beauty of Recitation

This week, I was reminded of my stepfather, who passed away almost three years ago.  I think about him at ...

Riot Round-Up: The Best Books We Read in March

We asked our contributors to share the best book they read this month. We’ve got fiction, nonfiction, YA, and much, ...

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