Discipline: Literature – nonfiction

Jessica Bruder

Discipline: Literature – nonfiction
Region: Brooklyn, NY
MacDowell fellowships: 2019

Jessica Bruder is a journalist who writes about social issues and subcultures. For her latest book, Nomadland, she spent months living in a camper van, documenting itinerant Americans who gave up traditional housing and hit the road full time, enabling them to travel from job to job and carve a place for themselves in a precarious economy. Named a New York Times Notable Book and Editors’ Choice, Nomadland won the 2017 Discover Award and was a finalist for the J. Anthony Lukas Prize and the Helen Bernstein Book Award.

Nomadland was adapted for a film of the same name featuring Frances McDormand and David Strathairn, distributed by Fox Searchlight. Now in post-production, it's scheduled for release in September of 2020.

Jessica has been teaching narrative storytelling at Columbia Journalism School and contributing to The New York Times for more than a decade. She has also written for New York Magazine, WIRED, Harper’s Magazine, The Washington Post, The Guardian and The Nation.

Jessica is also the author of Burning Book and is now working on a new book about trust in the age of surveillance. She lives in Brooklyn with a dog named Max and more plants than you can shake a leafy stick at.



Jessica Bruder worked in the Chapman studio.

Chapman Studio was funded by Mrs. Alice Woodrough Chapman in memory of her husband, composer George Alexander Chapman. Symmetrically massed, the building is stuccoed on the exterior with a natural, unpainted cement. Its unusual half-timbered ornament consists of slender, knotty spruce poles painted a dark green color. A central, peak-roofed entrance porch appears on the north side…

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