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General Information


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Genre: C:ADULT C:YOUNG ADULT Fiction Non-Fiction

Born: in Chicago, Illinois


Illinois Connection

Kendall was born in Chicago and was raised in the Hyde Park neighborhood. She is a graduate of the University of Illinois at Urbana Champaign and of DePaul University.

Biographical and Professional Information

Mikki Kendall is a New York Times bestselling writer, speaker, and blogger whose work has appeared in The Washington Post, The Boston Globe, The Guardian, TIME, Salon, Ebony, Essence, and elsewhere. An accomplished public speaker, she has discussed race, feminism, violence in Chicago, tech, pop culture, and social media on The Daily Show, MSNBC, NPR, Al Jazeera's The Listening Post, BBC's Women's Hour, and Huffington Post Live, as well as at universities across the country. In 2017, she was awarded Best Food Essay from the Association of Food Journalists for her essay on hot sauce, Jim Crow, and Beyonc. She is also the author of Amazons, Abolitionists, and Activists: A Graphic History of Women's Fight for Their Rights and a co-editor of the Locus-nominated anthology Hidden Youth, as well as a part of the Hugo-nominated team of editors at Fireside Magazine. A veteran, she lives in Chicago with her family.

Published Works Expand for more information

Titles At Your Library


-- ''Hood' Feminism", -- *NY Times Bestseller, Named a Best Book of 2020 by Bustle, BBC, and Time A Washington Post Notable Nonfiction Book of 2020


-- "Amazons, Abolitionists, and Activists: A Graphic History of Women's Fight for Their Rights"

-- *Illinois Reads Book Selection, Illinois Reading Council, 2022