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Jen Ferguson head shot 2021

Métis (on her father's side) and Canadian settler (on her mother's side), an activist, a feminist, an auntie, and an accomplice armed with a PhD. She believes writing, teaching and beading are political acts. She is represented by Patricia Nelson at Marsal Lyon Literary Agency.

Her debut young adult novel,
THE SUMMER OF BITTER AND SWEET, is forthcoming from Heartdrum / Harper Collins May 10, 2022. Her first book for adults, Border Markers, a collection of interrelated flash fiction stories, is out now with NeWest Press. Her novella "Missing" won the Malahat Review's 2022 Novella Prize and her essay "Off Balance" was selected for the Best Canadian Essays 2020. Learn more about her other novelsshort storiesessays, and poems.

She lives on Gabrielino Tongva territory and teaches fiction writing at Loyola Marymount University. You can reach her on twitter at @jennyleeSD or through her contact page.

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Upcoming Events & News


MAY 1, 2022 | Newburyport Literary Festival, "Secrets and Family Ties: Jen Ferguson and Grace K. Shim on Their Debut Novels," 4:45 PM ET / 1:45 PM Pacific on Zoom. Register here.

MAY 7, 2022 | "What’s New in Native American Literature for Kids," Bay Area Book Festival, Berkeley, CA, 2:45 PM - 3:30 PM in person on the Word Power Stage.

MAY 8, 2022 | "YA: Growing Up Queer Then and Now," Bay Area Book Festival, Berkeley, CA, 11:30 AM - 12:30 PM in person at the Residence Inn Berkeley, Ballroom II with a signing at 12:45 PM.

MAY 10, 2022 | Book Launch at Skylight Books: "Jen Ferguson in Conversation with Racquel Marie and Hayley from Pages of Hayley," 7 PM Pacific, in person.

MAY 14, 2022 | LMU Book Launch at the Village Well, 2PM, in person.

MAY 18, 2022 | "Unrequired Reading Virtual YA Panel" hosted by Katy Books, 7 PM CT / 5 PM Pacific on Zoom. Register here.

MAY 19, 2022 | Virtual Book Launch with the Writing Barn & BookPeople, 7 PM Central / 5 PM Pacific on Zoom. Register here.

MAY 22, 2022 | CALIBA Spring Forum, 2-5 PM Pacific at Cross Campus. Register here.

Past Events & News

MARCH 3rd, 2022 | AISL EMERGE ENGAGE EVOLVE Conference: “Using Books to Engage Students in Today’s Critical Conversations” and "Using KidLit to Confront Harmful Media Narratives."


OCTOBER 4th, 2021 | Cover reveal for The Summer of Bitter and Sweet, hosted by: We Need Diverse Books.

MARCH 4th, 2021 | The Summer of Bitter and Sweet Announcement! See it on Twitter. "Rosemary Brosnan and Cynthia Leitch Smith at Heartdrum have bough, in a preempt, The Summer of Bitter & Sweet by Jen Ferguson (Métis/white). In this debut YA novel, a demisexual Métis teen is settling in to spend the summer before college working at her close-knit family's ice cream shack with her best friend, ex-boyfriend, and newly back-in-town crush, when a letter from her white biological father, recently out of prison, threatens to destroy everything she cares about. Publication is scheduled for summer 2022; Patricia Nelson at Marsal Lyon Literary did the two-book deal for world English rights."


MARCH 3rd - 6th, 2021 | Moderator, “Queering the Essay/Queer Essayists Consider Genre,” Association of Writers and Writing Programs Annual Conference, Kansas City, MO.

MARCH 3rd - 6th, 2021 | Panelist, “Working Together: Writers and Journal Editors in Dialogue,” Association of Writers and Writing Programs Annual Conference, Kansas City, MO.

FEBRUARY 19th, 2021 | Classroom Visit, Luke Rolfes’ ENGL 313: Fiction Writing, Department of Language, Literature and Writing, Northeast Missouri State University.