As a feisty Times artist and art director, Jerelle's tenure includes oodles of awards and a record-setting 13 years at Op-Ed. As a feature writer, her prose has been published by The New Yorker, Print, USA Today, and The New York Times Magazine. As a writer of literary nonfiction, her work has appeared in numerous online and a couple actual bound journals (see Essays).

Among those who’ve invited Jerelle to speak are Princeton, Rutgers, NYU, Manhattan and Westport Public Libraries, and San Miguel de Allende's Literary Sala.

Jerelle has judged art competitions in New Jersey and Istanbul, she’s instructed French at San Francisco's Conservatory of Music, and she’s adjunct professed at Fordham University. Fluent in 4 languages, she received a UC Berkeley MA, an independent grant to Paris, and a Fulbright Scholarship to Munich.


  • Kraus has the eye of a hawk and the heart of a revolutionary.
    Ralph Steadman
  • With literary flair, Kraus proves that ‘art is dangerous’.
    Publishers Weekly
  • Kraus writes like a dream.
    San Francisco Chronicle
  • Jerelle Kraus was Op-Ed's brilliant art director far longer than anyone. This book illuminates her love affair with that remarkable space.
    Ronald Searle
  • She serves up the elegant visual jazz of artists set free in a parallel universe, including, happily, those that went too far.
    Garry Trudeau (“Doonesbury”)