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 vernacular, sound, and language disorders in late 20th-, early 21st-C black aesthetics. Her first book, a collection of critical essays on race and appropriation entitled White Negroes, is forthcoming from Beacon Press in the fall. She is represented by William Callahan at Inkwell Management. 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.

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