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Jessica DuLong


Jessica DuLong is an author, historian, ghostwriter, and book coach who teaches narrative nonfiction with The Sackett Street Writers Workshop. Her most recent book, Dust to Deliverance: Untold Stories from the Maritime Evacuation on September 11 (McGraw-Hill), is the culmination of nearly a decade of reporting about the largest boat lift in history during which ferries, dinner boats, and other vessels spontaneously converged to rescue nearly 500,000 stranded people from Manhattan Island. 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. DuLong is also a USCG-licensed merchant marine officer who serves as chief engineer aboard retired 1931 NYC fireboat John J. Harvey.