“Jennifer Senior is surely one of the best writers on the planet.” —Daniel Gilbert
Jennifer Senior is a staff writer at The Atlantic and winner of the 2022 Pulitzer Prize for Feature Writing for “Twenty Years Gone,” an unflinching portrait of a family’s reckoning with loss in the 20 years since 9/11. It was published as a stand-alone book in April of 2023 under the title On Grief. Jennifer is also the author of All Joy and No Fun: The Paradox of Modern Parenthood, which spent eight weeks on The New York Times Best Seller list, was translated into twelve languages, and was named one of Slate‘s Top 10 Books of 2014.
Prior to joining The Atlantic, Jennifer spent five years at The New York Times—first as one of its three daily book critics, then as a columnist for the Opinion page. Before that, she spent eighteen years as a staff writer for New York Magazine, writing profiles and cover stories about politics, social science, and mental health. Jennifer has won a variety of journalism prizes, including a GLAAD award, two Front Page Awards from the Newswomen’s Club of New York, and the Erikson Prize in Mental Health Media. Her work has been anthologized four times in The Best American Political Writing, and her feature about the suicide of the psychologist Philip Brickman was selected for The Best American Science Writing Of 2021.
Jennifer has been a frequent guest on NPR and numerous television programs, including The Chris Matthews Show, Morning Joe, Washington Journal with Brian Lamb, Anderson Cooper 360, Good Morning America, and Today. She has also been a speaker at TED’s annual conference and the Sydney Opera House.
She lives in Brooklyn, New York with her husband and son.
"Jen’s work examines the human condition - gets us right to the edge and peers into the abyss. She’s so brilliant and thoughtful. Everything I’ve ever read of hers has changed my life!"
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