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Winner of the 2018 Rubin Institute Prize in Music Criticism, Jennifer Gersten is a freelance journalist and music critic from Queens, New York. Her reporting, essays, and reviews have appeared in The New Yorker, Rolling Stone, The Washington Post, The Kenyon Review online, The Awl, Harvard Magazine, Guernica, San Francisco Classical Voice,WQXR, NPR Music, and The Toledo Blade. She has also been an on-air essayist for the PBS NewsHour and an editor at Guernica. She graduated from Yale with a degree in English and creative writing, and she is pursuing a DMA in violin performance at Stony Brook University, from which she also received her master’s.

A sampling of her reporting interests includes sex education in Bosnia, out-of-control lawns in Toledo, OHsocial class at Yale, and a Connecticut nude resort. Jennifer was a finalist in the 2015 Norman Mailer Four-Year College Writing Awards for an essay about her mother, an amateur ballroom dancer, that served as the genesis for her senior thesis project on the Asian American ballroom community of Flushing, NY.

Contact Jennifer at jengersten@gmail.com and follow her on Twitter @jenwgersten. She hopes to hear from you. The Urban Outfitters newsletters in her inbox are getting lonely.