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 novels, short stories, essays, and poems.
She lives on the traditional and unceded territories of the Meskwaki, the Báxoje and Očhéthi Šakówiŋ nations, and teaches fiction writing, among other things, at Coe College. You can reach her on twitter at @jennyleeSD or through her contact page.
Credit Jen Ferguson
Upcoming Events & News
NOV 12-20, 2022 | NCTE Annual Conference, “Countering Harmful Media Narratives with Young Adult Literature,” Anahiem, CA.
NOV 1, 2022 | Herrick District Library (virtual).
OCT 16-17, 2022 | Whistler Writers’ Festival, Whistler, BC.
OCT 8, 2022 | QPOCFest (virtual).
SEPT 17, 2022 | Div Book Fest, Bennett Day School, Chicago, IL.
SEPT 8, 2022 | Niagara Parks Coast to Coast Speaker’s Series, Niagara Falls, ON.
Past Events & News
JULY 30, 2022 | “On Contemporary YA Novels,” Utopia State of Mind, on YouTube.
JULY 14, 2022 | “Epic Reads Contemporary Event,” online.
JUNE 29, 2022 | We Need Diverse Books & Every Library Book Banning Panel, online.
MAY 18, 2022 | “Unrequired Reading,” Katy Budget Books, online.
MAY 14, 2022 | LMU Book Launch at the Village Well, 2PM, in person.
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 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 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.
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.