About

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 has completed a Workshop in Narrative Medicine at Columbia University and a summer of study at the Bread Loaf School of English.

Jennifer teaches non-fiction seminars and courses at Grub Street Creative Writing Center in Boston, where she leads the Writing to Heal Intensive Program. She has also taught Writing to Heal as a Winter Term course at Middlebury College, and at Lesley University's low-residency M.F.A. in Creative Writing Program.

Since 2013, Jennifer has written a weekly column for the Global Lyme Alliance, which has received mention in The New Yorker and CQ Researcher, and on weatherchannel.com and ProHealth.com. She has been interviewed by WBZ Boston and 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 was interviewed by Undark about her experience with both COVID-19 and Lyme disease.

Jennifer's work has appeared in The Boston Globe, Cognoscenti, Harvard Health Publishing, (T)here: Musings on Returnings (Martlet & Mare 2014), wbur.org, Spry Literary Journal, Transitions Abroad, Abroad View, and many other national and local publications.

Jennifer enjoys skiing, boating, volunteering at Spaulding Rehabilitation Center's Adaptive Sports Program, spending time with friends, and eating chocolate.

Read more about Jennifer on GrubStreet's "Meet a Grubbie" page

Watch Jennifer discuss her journey with Lyme Disease on CBS Boston