Jessica McCann

Scottsdale, AZ

Author's Bio

My debut novel All Different Kinds of Free was published by in trade paperback, ebook and audio by Bell Bridge Books. Inspired by a true story, it is about Margaret Morgan, a free woman of color who was kidnapped in 1837 and sold into slavery. Although she fought hard to regain her freedom, Margaret endured tremendous loss and hardship. Her ordeal led to one of the most important yet least-known Supreme Court cases of the era. Text books will have you believe the story of Prigg v. Pennsylvania is important because it ended in controversy and fanned the early embers of the Civil War. This book will have you believe the story is important because it began with Margaret. As a freelance writer, my nonfiction work has appeared in numerous publications, including Business Week, Phoenix, The Writer, ASU Research and Raising Arizona Kids.

Publications and Prizes

All Different Kinds of Free
(Bell Bridge Books, 2011)
River Styx
Prizes Won: 
Winner of the Freedom in Fiction Prize for debut novel All Different Kinds of Free. As a novel-in-progress, the work also was a semi-finalist in the 2004 Dana Awards and the 2005 William Faulkner-William Wisdom Creative Writing competition.

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Last updated: May 20, 2014