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Mecca Jamilah Sullivan, author of the forthcoming short story collection, Blue Talk and Love, has written for Best New Writing, American Fiction, Callaloo, Crab Orchard Review, Robert Olen Butler Fiction Prize Stories, BLOOM, TriQuarterly, Lumina, All About Skin: Short Stories by Award-Winning Women Writers, Baobab: South African Journal of New Writing and others. She received the James Baldwin Memorial Playwriting and Charles Johnson Fiction awards, and honors from the Bread Loaf Writers’ Conference, the NEA, Yaddo colony, Hedgebrook writers’ retreat, American Short Fiction, and was a 2011 Emerging Writer fellow at the Center for Fiction in NYC. She holds a PhD in English Literature from the University of Pennsylvania, and has received fellowships for her work in women’s literature of the African Diaspora. She is a postdoctoral fellow in African American and African Diaspora Literature at Rutgers University, and, in 2014, will begin as Assistant Professor of Women, Gender, Sexuality Studies at UMass, Amherst.
This series celebrates the literature written by women across the African Diaspora (African-American, Afro-Caribbean, Afro-Latina, Afro-European, Afro-Asian, and continental African). Past readers include Opal Palmer Adisa, Keisha-Gaye Anderson, Jacqueline Bishop, Pamela Booker, Merle Collins, Bridget Davis, Latasha Diggs, Ifeona Fulani, Monica Hand, J.P. Howard, Jacqueline Johnson, Tayari Jones, Dahlma Llanos-Figueroa, Diana McCaulay, Pam Mordecai, Elizabeth Nunez, Ebele Oseye, Danyel Smith, Patricia Smith, Martha Southgate, Patricia Spears-Jones, Eisa Ulen, and Tiphanie Yanique.
The series is moderated by Celesti Colds Fechter, Associate Professor, The New School for Public Engagement.