Morgan Jerkins Performs a Passage from Caul Baby
On Storybound, Our Radio-Theater Podcast
Storybound is a radio theater program designed for the podcast age. Hosted by Jude Brewer and with original music composed for each episode, the podcast features the voices of today’s literary icons reading their essays, poems, and fiction.
On the second episode of the fourth season, Morgan Jerkins reads an excerpt from her book Caul Baby, backed by an original Storybound remix with French Cassettes, and sound design and arrangement by Jude Brewer.
Born and raised in Southern New Jersey, and now residing in Harlem, New York, Morgan Jerkins is the New York Times bestselling author of This Will Be My Undoing: Living at the Intersection of Black, Female, and Feminist in (White) America and Wandering In Strange Lands: A Daughter of the Great Migration Reclaims Her Roots. She holds a BA in Comparative Literature from Princeton University and an MFA from the Bennington Writing Seminars and teaches regularly at Columbia University. Her third book, Caul Baby, was one of 2021’s most anticipated books.
French Cassettes is a harmony-driven power-pop group from San Francisco. The quartet’s new LP, Rolodex, is hook-filled and rooted in pop, layered with intricate vocal harmonies and counter-harmonies, inventive percussion, and every shade of clean and fuzzy guitars stacked up like an orchestra. These uncommonly majestic, esoteric pop forms serve as the perfect delivery service for their playful and verbose lyrics.