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Nafissa Thompson-Spires

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Author of "Heads of the Colored People"

Author of "Heads of the Colored People"

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Nafissa Thompson-Spires Biography

Born and raised in Southern California, Nafissa Thompson-Spires earned a PhD in English from Vanderbilt University and a Master of Fine Arts in Creative Writing from the University of Illinois.

Her work has appeared The White Review, Los Angeles Review of Books Quarterly, StoryQuarterly, Lunch Ticket, and The Feminist Wire, among other publications. She is a 2016 participant of the CallalooWriter’s Workshop, a 2017 Tin House workshopee, and a 2017 Sewanee Writer's Conference Stanley Elkin Scholar.

Her first book, "Heads of the Colored People," was long-listed for the 2018 National Book Award, the PEN Robert W. Bingham Award, and the Aspen Words Literary Prize; was a finalist for the Kirkus Prize and Los Angeles Times Book Prize for first fiction; and has won the PEN Open Book Award and an Audie Award.

Nafissa Thompson-Spires Videos

  • Reading by Nafissa Thompson-Spires
    Richards Family Assistant Professor Nafissa Thompson-Spires reads from her work in the second event of the Writers & Poets Reading Series. She...
  • Book Talk | Heads of the Colored People by Nafissa Thompson Spires
    A transcript of this book talk narration is available.
  • New LAS Faculty: Nafissa Thompson-Spires, Department of English
    The College of Liberal Arts & Sciences at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign welcomes Nafissa Thompson-Spires, assistant professor of...

Nafissa Thompson-Spires Books

  • Heads of the Colored People: Stories
    Heads of the Colored People: Stories

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