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New American Imaginations

How do we write stories — both fiction and non-fiction — that can not only reflect the challenging realities of today's world, but also create new and better possibilities for the future? Three debut authors reveal the inspirations and artistic aims behind their imaginative new books, leading to a discussion of what it means to write honestly and provocatively about American life in the twenty-first century.

Nana Adjei-Brenyah

Nana Kwame Adjei-Brenyah has an M.F.A. from Syracuse University. His work has appeared in numerous publications, including Guernica, Printer's Row and Breakwater Review, where ZZ Packer awarded him the Breakwater Review Fiction Prize....

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Nishta Mehra

Nishta Mehra's breakout collection of essays, "Brown White Black," was published by Picador in February of 2019. She was born and raised in Memphis among a tight-knit network of Indian immigrants. An English teacher with 12 years of experience, she now lives in Phoenix....

Nafissa Thompson-Spires

Nafissa Thompson-Spires earned a PhD in English from Vanderbilt University and an MFA in Creative Writing at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. Her work has appeared or is forthcoming in McSweeny’s “The Organist,” The Paris Review Daily, Dissent, Buzzfeed Books, The White Review, The Los Angeles Review of Books Quarterly Journal, and other publications....


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