Doreen St. Félix, staff writer at The New Yorker magazine virtually visited Sweet Briar College on Wednesday, Oct. 28, to share her experience as a writer and journalist. Doreen’s presentation is held in conjunction with the College’s reading and writing course for first-year students, The Mindful Writer, which is inspired by The New Yorker magazine.
Doreen was born in Brooklyn where she attended an all-girls high school. From there, she continued her studies at Brown University, where she wrote her thesis, Black Girls, a collection of essays about African American women including Michelle Obama, Lauryn Hill and her mother.
Before joining The New Yorker in 2017, she was a consultant on Steve McQueen’s HBO pilot Codes of Conduct. She co-hosted a podcast about music, pop culture, sex and race. St. Félix was a staff writer for MTV News and an editor of Lena Dunham and Jeni Konner’s newsletter, Lenny Letter, and interviewed—among others—California attorney general Kamala Harris, who was running for the U.S. Senate at the time.
Doreen writes on a variety of different topics ranging from music, film, TV, theatre, art and books to name a few. She also focuses on writing about cultural moments, encompassing race and religion, violence and feminism. In 2017, she was a finalist for The American Society of Magazine Editors’ National Magazine Award in Columns and Commentary, and in 2019, she won in the same category. In 2016, she was named as one of Forbes Magazine’s 30 under 30.
Watch the virtual conversation: