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Individual Author Record

General Information

Name:  Nafissa Thompson-Spires  

Pen Name: None

Genre: Fiction

Born: , in


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-- Website -- http://www.nafissathompsonspires.com/

E-Mail: -- thmpsns2@illinois.edu


Illinois Connection

Thompson-Spires lives in Champaign. She is an Assistant Professor of English, African American Studies, and Jewish Culture and Society at the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign.

Biographical and Professional Information

Nafissa Thompson-Spires grew up in Rialto, California. She earned a doctorate in English from Vanderbilt University and a Master of Fine Arts 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.


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Awards

  • Longlisted for the National Book Award for Fiction, Heads of the Colored People: Stories

    Speaking Engagements

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