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African American Women Writers

Born and raised in Southern California, Nafissa Thompson-Spires earned a PhD in English from Vanderbilt University and a Master of Fine Arts in Creative Writing from the University of Illinois. Her work has appeared or is forthcoming in The White ReviewLos Angeles Review of Books QuarterlyStoryQuarterlyLunch Ticket, and The Feminist Wire, among other publications. She is a 2016 participant of the Callaloo Writer’s Workshop, a 2017 Tin House workshopee, and a 2017 Sewanee Writer's Conference Stanley Elkin Scholar. Her short story collection, Heads of the Colored People, is forthcoming in April with Simon and Schuster’s Atria/ 37 Ink imprints and later in the UK from Penguin Random House’s Chatto and Windus imprint. Her debut novel is under contract with the same publishers.*

Genre: Literary fiction; Short stories

More about Nafissa Thompson-Spires at ProQuest One Literature


*“About.” Nafissa Thompson-Spires, Accessed 8 February 2022.

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