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Jessica Kehinde Ngo

Author's Bio

Jessica Kehinde Ngo, a writer and English professor, is an identical twin with a Nigerian-American background. After 17 years of living in Bakersfield, California—the most conservative city in the whole state which is also one of the nation’s foremost producers of baby carrots and a place where having an oil well as a school mascot is nothing out of the ordinary—she moved to Malibu in 2002 to study Creative Writing at Pepperdine University. Upon graduating in 2006, she entered the Master of Professional Writing program at the University of Southern California and became obsessed with dissecting her cultural and social (twin) background, therefore embarking on the journey that became a short story, which later evolved into Second Twin, First Twin--her first book. She currently lives in Los Angeles with her French husband (the love of her life), teaches English and writing at a couple local colleges, and busies herself with thoughts of her next writing journey.

Publications and Prizes

Second Twin, First Twin (Sabellapress, 2009)

Personal Favorites

Favorite Books:
The House on Mango Street by Sandra Cisneros
Favorite Authors:
Sandra Cisneros, Dito Montiel, Toni Morrison, Gwendolyn Brooks, Toni Cade Bambara

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Listing last updated: June 9, 2011

More Information

Listed as:
Creative Nonfiction Writer
Gives readings?
Travels for readings?
Identifies as:
African American, Caucasian
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Fluent in:
Born in:
Bakersfield, CA
Raised in:
Bakersfield, CA

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