Lauren Michele Jackson is a critic, student, and occasional poet living in Chicago. She grew up in Batavia, Illinois and is a graduate of the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, where she received a BA with distinction in 2013. She is a contributing editor at The New Inquiry and a PhD candidate in the Department of English Language and Literature at the University of Chicago. Her dissertation in-progress, entitled “Black Vertigo: Nausea, Aphasia, and Bodily Noise, 1970s to the Present,” examines black vernacular, sound, and language disorders in late 20th-, early 21st-C fiction. She is represented by William Callahan at Inkwell Management and has a book of criticism on race and appropriation forthcoming from Beacon Press in 2019. Her work has appeared in The Atlantic, The Awl, ComplexFeminist Media Studies, Hayden’s Ferry Review, The Journal, New Republic, The New Yorker, The Paris ReviewThe Point, Rolling StoneSpoon River Poetry ReviewTeen Vogue, and Vulture among other places.

She tweets in medias res @ proseb4bros

Reach her via mail @ laur.m.jackson at gmail dot com.