Jennifer Chukwu

Jennifer Chukwu
Writing & Research Advisor
MFA, Brown University, 2020
Research Interests: Autofiction, speculative fiction, afro-pessimism, experimental fiction, queer narratives, sound art


I love writing that hovers between genres, and leaves readers laughing, crying, or a fun combination of both. Overall, I see writing as an organism that’s messy and always in motion (especially when on the page), and so with my students, I love jumping with them into a text’s trenches and seeing what we find.

Writing Profile

My writing’s curiosities are generational and racial trauma, toxicity in gender dynamics, performance, and mental health. I was a 2019 Lambda Fellow and my work has appeared in Black Warrior Review, DIAGRAM, and TAYO. I have been nominated for a Pushcart Prize, Best of the Net, and was short-listed for the 2020 Tarpaulin Sky Book Award. I have presented my writing and art at University of Wisconsin-Madison, UC Berkeley, National Louis University, The University of Manchester, and elsewhere.

Work with Students

With my students, we build scenes to music, we experiment with new revision techniques, and exhaust our web browsers with research. I encourage my students to use critical analysis, self-reflection, and pattern recognition to become stronger readers and then editors of their wiring.

Selected Publications

  • The Unfortunates, Houghton Mifflin Harcourt (US) and Borough Press (UK), 2022.
  • Of This Our Country: Acclaimed Nigerian writers on the home, identity and culture they know, Harper Collins (CA) and Borough Press (UK), 2021. 


Subject Area: Fiction, Nonfiction, Poetry