Namwali Serpell

Namwali Serpell is an associate professor of English at UC Berkeley. Her writing has been published in McSweeney's, The Believer, Bidoun, Callaloo, Tin House, n+1, The Caine Prize Anthology, and a collection, Should I Go to Grad School? (Bloomsbury, 2014). Her first published short story, “Muzungu,” was selected for The Best American Short Stories 2009, shortlisted for the 2010 Caine Prize for African Literature, and anthologized in The Uncanny Reader (St. Martins, 2015). In 2011, she was selected to be one of six recipients of the Rona Jaffe Foundation Writers’ Award for women writers. Serpell is currently working on a book of essays, Losing Face, and a novel, The Furrows.


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