Nafissa Thompson-Spires

Longlist, 2018 National Book Awards

Nafissa Thompson-Spires earned a doctorate in English from Vanderbilt University and a MFA in Creative Writing from the University of Illinois.
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Heads of the Colored People

Heads of the Colored People by Nafissa Thompson-Spires book cover
ISBN 9781501167997 Atria Books / 37 INK / Simon & Schuster

Thompson-Spires fearlessly shines a light on the simmering tensions and precariousness of black citizenship. Her stories are exquisitely rendered, satirical, and captivating in turn, engaging in the ongoing conversations about race and identity politics, as well as the vulnerability of the black body. More about this book >

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Nafissa Thompson-Spires

Nafissa Thompson-Spires earned a doctorate in English from Vanderbilt University and a MFA in Creative Writing from the University of Illinois. Her work has appeared in Story Quarterly, Lunch Ticket, and The Feminist Wire, among other publications. She was a 2016 fellow of the Callaloo Writer’s Workshop. Her book, Heads of the Colored People, was Longlisted for the 2018 National Book Award for Fiction.

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