A Brooklyn-based, ASJA award-winning author, journalist, historian, ghostwriter, book collaborator, proposal doctor, editor, and writing coach, Jessica DuLong has collaborated on a wide array of narrative and other nonfiction books including: memoir; history; trauma, psychology, and neuroscience; health and wellness; racism, equity, and justice; gender; parenting; law; and personal finance. She has taught writing with Voices From War and The Sackett Street Writers Workshop.
DuLong’s latest book (published under her own name), Saved at the Seawall: Stories from the September 11 Boat Lift (Three Hills/Cornell University Press, 2021) is the definitive history of the largest maritime evacuation in history—larger even than boat lift at Dunkirk.
This groundbreaking, minute-by-minute chronicle reveals the dramatic story of how tugs, ferries, dinner boats, and other vessels sped to the rescue from points all across New York Harbor—even before the US Coast Guard called for “all available boats.” This spontaneous effort delivered nearly half a million people to safety from Manhattan Island. DuLong’s account highlights how resourcefulness and goodness triumphed over turmoil on one of America’s darkest days.
Her first book, My River Chronicles: Rediscovering the Work that Built America; A Personal and Historical Journey (Free Press), explores the value of hands-on work through memoir, history, and reportage. Lauded in The New York Times as “very fine and gutsy,” My River Chronicles won the 2010 American Society of Journalists and Authors Outstanding Book Award for memoir. Gay Talese called the book “elegantly written,” adding that it “carries forward the craft of literary non-fiction with grace and energy.”
Praised as “a confident and sensual writer” by Dwight Garner of The New York Times, DuLong was also named as “one of the best of the new generation of narrative journalists” by Mark Kramer, founding director of Harvard University’s Nieman Foundation Program on Narrative Journalism.
DuLong’s journalism has been published by CNN.com, Newsweek International, Rolling Stone, Psychology Today, New York History, Huffington Post, Newsday, Parenting, CosmoGIRL!, and Today’s Machining World. Her media appearances include: Spike Lee’s forthcoming HBO multi-part documentary “NYC Epicenters 9/11→2021½,” TODAY show, CBS Sunday Morning, USA Today, History Channel, NY1 “NYT Close Up with Sam Roberts,” WNYC’s “Leonard Lopate,” Martha Stewart Living Radio, The New York Times, and the New Yorker. She also appears as Jessica, who stands “at the controls in the noisy engine room,” in Maira Kalman’s picture book, Fireboat: The Heroic Adventures of the John J. Harvey.
DuLong is also a DONA-certified postpartum doula and a USCG-licensed marine engineer who served aboard retired 1931 NYC fireboat John J. Harvey for 20 years, 11 of those as chief.