Friend of the Festival
Ayana Gray is The New York Times best-selling author of "Beasts of Prey," "Beasts of Ruin" and "Beasts of War." To date, her works have been translated in 10 languages across five continents, they have received critical recognition at the state and national level and have been featured on Good Morning America, Tamron Hall, People Magazine and Oprah Daily, among others. She often writes stories that explore Blackness through a speculative lens, and in her spare time she can be found lecturing at writing workshops across the country. Originally from Atlanta, she now lives in Central Arkansas, where she continues to write stories filled with monsters, myths and magic.
Communities: African American