Born: 1977 in Kankakee, Illinois
Pen Name: None Connection to Illinois: Buckhannon She has an M. F. A. in Creative Writing from New School University in New York City, and both a B. A. and an M. A. in English Language and Literature from the University of Chicago. Biography: Meet The Author KALISHA BUCKHANON's first novel Upstate won an American Library Association Alex Award and was nominated for the Hurston/Wright Foundation Legacy Award in Debut Fiction. Terry McMillan selected her to receive the first Terry McMillan Young Author Award in 2006. A recipient of a 2001 Illinois Arts Council Artist Fellowship and an Andrew Mellon Fellow, Buckhanon frequently teaches writing and speaks throughout the country.
ISBN: 0312545142 OCLC: 172569104 St. Martin's Press, New York : 2008. Following in her single mother's footsteps when she becomes pregnant at the age of fifteen, Shivana believes that all black women fall into the same trap, until she meets Rasul, a teenager with problems of his own, with whom she forges a friendship.