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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 essay "Off Balance" was selected for the Best Canadian Essays 2020. Learn more about her other novelsshort storiesessays, and poems. Her Have Book Will Travel listing is here, in case you want to book her for an event. She's the CNF editor for carte blanche.

She lives on Gabrielino Tongva territory and teaches fiction writing at Loyola Marymount University. She also teaches at the University of British Columbia through their Optional Residency MFA program. You can reach her on twitter at @jennyleeSD or through her contact page.

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Upcoming Events & News


Cover reveal for The Summer of Bitter and Sweet coming in mid-October 2021. Hosted by: We Need Diverse Books.

Past Events & News

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.