Episode 40: Jessamine Chan


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This week on the pod, culture writer Gloria Alamrew and author Jessamine Chan discuss Jessamine’s debut novel THE SCHOOL FOR GOOD MOTHERS. They talk motherhood, dynamic female characters, writing dystopia in already dystopian times, and more.

Jessamine Chan’s short stories have appeared in Tin House and Epoch. A former reviews editor at Publishers Weekly, she holds an MFA from Columbia University. Her work has received support from the Elizabeth George Foundation, the Bread Loaf Writers’ Conference, the Wurlitzer Foundation, Jentel, the Kimmel Harding Nelson Center, the Anderson Center, VCCA, and Ragdale. Her first novel, THE SCHOOL FOR GOOD MOTHERS, is a New York Times bestseller and a Read with Jenna Today Show Book Club pick. She lives in Chicago with her husband and daughter.

Gloria Alamrew is an Edmonton-based, Ethiopian-Canadian culture writer and editor. With a background in philosophy, her sharp writing and criticism focuses on critical analysis and centres around Blackness, culture, and womanhood, and the myriad ways they intersect. You can find her work in Refinery29, CBC, Parents Magazine, The Site Magazine, Well + Good, Huffington Post Black Voices, Zora Mag, Avenue Edmonton, among others.


Where to find Jessamine: on Twitter @jessaminechan, on Instagram @jessamine.chan, or on her website.

Where to find Gloria: on Twitter and Instagram @gloriaalamrew, or on her website.

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Transcript to come.

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