Jennifer Crystal is a writer, educator and patient advocate in Boston. She earned her M.F.A. in Creative Writing from Emerson College, where she was a Dean's Fellow, and her B.A. in English and French from Middlebury College. She also completed a summer of study at the Bread Loaf School of English. Her first book, Et Voilà: One Traveler's Journey from Foreigner to Francophile, was published by Belfort and Bastion in 2014. She is working on her second book, a memoir about living with chronic tick-borne diseases.
Jennifer teaches non-fiction seminars and courses at Grub Street Creative Writing Center in Boston. She also teaches a Winter Term course called "Healing Through Writing" at her alma mater, Middlebury College.
Jennifer writes a weekly column, Crystal's Chronicles, for the Global Lyme Alliance. The column has received mention in The New Yorker and CQ Researcher, and on weatherchannel.com and ProHealth.com. She has been interviewed by cbsnews.com, and was also interviewed by award-winning health writer Laurie Edwards for her book In the Kingdom of the Sick; Jennifer's story leads chapter seven of that book, and was given mention in a Wall Street Journal review. Jennifer received a grant from the Emerson Enhancement Fund to attend the September 2014 Workshop in Narrative Medicine at Columbia University Medical Center. She was a finalist for the 2012 Writers' Room of Boston Emerging Writer Fellowship and is also a member of Neuwrite Boston.
Jennifer's work has appeared in The Boston Globe, (T)here: Musings on Returnings (Martlet & Mare 2014), wbur.org, Spry Literary Journal, Transitions Abroad, Abroad View, Middlebury Magazine, and Wilton Magazine.
Jennifer enjoys skiing, boating, volunteering at Spaulding Rehabilitation Center's Adaptive Sports Program, spending time with friends, and eating chocolate.