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Fiction Reading with Nafissa Thompson-Spires

Join us for a fiction reading from the award-winning author, Nafissa Thompson-Spires!

Thompson-Spires’s short-story collection, Heads of the Colored People, won the PEN Open Book Award and was longlisted for the National Book Award. Heads of the Colored People grapples with issues of race, identity politics, and the contemporary middle class, shining a light on the tensions and precariousness of what it means to be black in America. The Financial Times called it “a firecracker of a book . . . a triumph of storytelling: intelligent, acerbic, and ingenious.”

Nafissa Thompson-Spires earned a PhD in English from ­­­­Vanderbilt University and an MFA from ­­­­­­the University of Illinois. Her work has appeared in Story Quarterly, Lunch Ticket, and The Feminist Wire, among other publications. Thompson-Spires was a 2016 fellow of the Callaloo Writer’s Workshop. She currently is an Assistant Professor of Creative Writing at Cornell University, teaching both in the MFA and undergrad programs.

Books are available by pre-order from Union Avenue Books

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Monday, January 25 at 7:00pm

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Concerts & Performances


Diversity & Inclusion, Visual & Performing Arts


Current Students, Faculty & Staff, Alumni, General Public

Creative Writing Program, English
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Michael Knight

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