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Solmaz Sharif, Poet

Solmaz Sharif has published poems in The New Republic, Poetry, Granta, and elsewhere. Her work has been recognized with a Rona Jaffe Foundation Writer’s Award, a fellowship from the National Endowment for the Arts, and a Lannan Literary Fellowship. Her first poetry collection, LOOK, published by Graywolf Press in 2016, was a finalist for the National Book Award. She is…
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Mitchell S. Jackson, Writer

Mitchell S. Jackson’s debut novel The Residue Years was praised by publications including the New York Times, the Paris Review, and the Times of London. Jackson is the winner of a Whiting Award. His novel also won The Ernest J. Gaines Prize for Literary Excellence and was a finalist for the Center for Fiction’s Flaherty-Dunnan First novel prize, the PEN/…
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Chinelo Okparanta, Writer

Chinelo Okparanta is the author of Under the Udala Trees (2015) and Happiness, Like Water (2013). One of Granta’s six New Voices for 2012, she was a finalist for the 2014 Rolex Mentor and Protégé Arts Initiative and was short-listed for the 2013 Caine Prize in African Writing. She is a 2014 O. Henry Award winner, a 2016 Jessie Redmon…
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Emily Raboteau, Writer

Emily Raboteau is an essayist, memoirist, and novelist.  Her books include The Professor’s Daughter (Henry Holt) and Searching for Zion: The Quest for Home in the African Diaspora (Grove/Atlantic), named a best book of 2013 by The Huffington Post and The San Francisco Chronicle, a finalist for the Hurston Wright Legacy Award, and winner of a 2014 American Book Award.…
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Fady Joudah, Poet

Fady Joudah is a practicing physician of internal medicine in Houston. He has three collections of poetry and four of poetry in translation from the Arabic. For his work he has received the Yale Series for Younger Poets, a Guggenheim Fellowship, a PEN USA translation prize, a Banipal prize, a Pushcart and two Best American Poetry inclusions.


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Kimberlé Crenshaw, Writer, Lawyer

Kimberlé Crenshaw, Professor of Law at UCLA and Columbia Law School, is a leading authority in Civil Rights, Black feminist legal theory, and race, racism and the law. Her work has been foundational in two fields of study that have come to be known by terms that she coined: Critical Race Theory and Intersectionality. Crenshaw’s articles have appeared in the…
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