Jessica DuLong


Betsy DeJesu
Betsy DeJesu Communications

Literary Agent

Joy Tutela
David Black Literary Agency

The Kathryn Zox Show Ep. 1382: 9-11 Maritime Rescue
On September 11, 2001, tugs, ferries, dinner boats, and other vessels raced to the rescue from points all across the Port of New York and New Jersey. In less than nine hours, approximately 800 mariners aboard 150 vessels transported nearly 500,000 people from Manhattan. This was the largest maritime evacuation in history and yet the story of this heroic effort has never been fully told.

The Kathryn Zox Show

“Grief Is My Side Hustle” podcast
Jessica and Meghan Riordan Jarvis discuss PTSD, grief, anniversaries, the 9/11 boat lift, brain science, and how writing can help heal trauma while also allowing us to re-frame narratives and share our most important stories.

"Grief Is My Side Hustle" podcast

The Little Fireboat That Could
Historic New York City Fireboat John J. Harvey was called back into service in the aftermath of 9/11 to pump water at Ground Zero.

CBS Sunday Morning

Woman Makes History on Historic Fireboat
For the first time in 80 years, a fireboat’s chief engineer is a woman. Meet Jessica DuLong, the former dot-comer in charge of keeping the boat humming.


“The engine room is, in DuLong’s opinion, a tribute to an era of craftsmanship that is very nearly extinct.“

The New Yorker

The Reading Life: Little Yelps of Glee
“She details her often exhilarating experiences in her very fine and gutsy book. Ms. DuLong is a confident and sensual writer, as perceptive about small matters on a boat as was Anthony Bourdain, in Kitchen Confidential, about everyday events in a professional kitchen. … Readers will feel their own little yelps of glee all over My River Chronicles.”

The New York Times

Starred Review
“An unexpected portrayal of America in the decline of industry, delivered from the unique vantage point of the Hudson River…Powerful reading.”

Kirkus Reviews

New York Times Bookshelf – Paperback Review
“She delivers an engaging narrative of maritime history and her own hands-on perceptions“

The New York Times

My River Chronicles
Jessica DuLong explains why she abandoned her desk job at a dot com to become a fireboat engineer on a rusty antique fireboat.

The Leonard Lopate Show, WNYC