Deesha Philyaw

Finalist, 2020 National Book Awards

Deesha Philyaw’s writing on race, parenting, gender, and culture has appeared in the New York Times, The Washington Post, McSweeney’s, The Rumpus, Brevity, Apogee Journal, Barrelhouse, Baltimore Review, Cheat River Review, Electric Literature, Harvard Review, and elsewhere.
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The Secret Lives of Church Ladies

ISBN 9781949199734 West Virginia University Press

The Secret Lives of Church Ladies explores the raw and tender places where Black women and girls dare to follow their desires and pursue a momentary reprieve from being good. The nine stories in this collection feature four generations of characters grappling with who they want to be in the world, caught as they are between the church’s double standards and their own needs and passions. More about this book >

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Deesha Philyaw

Deesha Philyaw’s writing on race, parenting, gender, and culture has appeared in the New York Times, The Washington PostMcSweeney’s, The RumpusBrevityApogee Journal, Barrelhouse, Baltimore Review, Cheat River Review, Electric Literature, Harvard Review, and elsewhere. Originally from Jacksonville, Florida, she currently lives in Pittsburgh with her daughters.

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