Meet Jessica DuLong

A Brooklyn-based, ASJA award-winning author, journalist, and independent historian, Jessica DuLong collaborates with writers and authors as a book/proposal doctor, editor, and writing coach on narrative works concerning trauma, psychology, and neuroscience; memoir, history, and health; race, equity, and cross-cultural connection; as well as gender, parenting, and justice.

She lectures internationally about narrative craft, book development, and the intersections of trauma and journalism, among other subjects (Fortellingens kraftGerard van Westerloolezing, The Power of NarrativeFullbright Specialist), and has taught writing with Voices From War and The Sackett Street Writers Workshop.

DuLong’s book Saved at the Seawall: Stories from the September 11 Boat Lift (previously released as Dust to Deliverance) 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 2009 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, 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 HBO docu-series “NYC Epicenters 9/11→2021½,” TODAY show, CBS Sunday Morning, USA Today, History Channel, C-Span, 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 two decades, 11 years as chief.


Woman Makes History on Historic Fireboat

Woman Makes History on Historic Fireboat


The Little Fireboat That Could

The Little Fireboat That Could

CBS Sunday Morning



The New Yorker

The Reading Life: Little Yelps of Glee

The Reading Life: Little Yelps of Glee

The New York Times


Ghostwriter. Bestselling Book Collaborator. Proposal Doctor. Writing Coach. Editor.

Testimonial by Amie Valpone
[N]othing short of exceptional...Our years together have spanned from editing and coaching to brainstorming and positioning in the marketplace...Her tireless effort, stellar editing, patience and investment in my work as well as my own wellbeing has blown me away.

Amie Valpone

Testimonial by Gabrielle Lyon
Jessica is “amazing… the ultimate professional, making magic with this book despite everything.”

Gabrielle Lyon, O.D.

Testimonial by Fernanda Santos
“Jessica DuLong helped me unearth meaning and perspective from my writings, helping me conceptualize and build the framework for my book. She has the perfect combination of empathy and analysis.“

Fernanda Santos

Testimonial by Atoosa Rubenstein
“Jessica is a rock star. I have so much gratitude and respect for her work.“

Atoosa Rubenstein

Testimonial by Charlotte Bismuth
“As a first-time author, I could not believe my luck: I learned from watching Jessica at work on my manuscript, I learned from reading her suggestions, I felt supported and understood at every agonizing step of the way, and my manuscript emerged improved beyond belief.“

Charlotte Bismuth

Testimonial by Ed Slott
“Jessica was a master at deciphering hundreds of pages of complex material, making my explanations, advice, and warnings clear, readable, and usable. This made the book much less intimidating for readers. That’s an amazing skill.“

Ed Slott

Testimonial by Kenneth Paul Rosenberg, MD
“Jessica DuLong is one of the most talented writers I’ve ever met. Unbelievable researcher, brilliant writer, and most of all, a pleasure to work with.“

Kenneth Paul Rosenberg, MD