Maaza Mengiste

Maaza Mengiste

Fellow: Awarded 2022
Field of Study: Fiction

Competition: US & Canada

Maaza Mengiste is the author of The Shadow King, shortlisted for the 2020 Booker Prize, and named a Best Book of 2019 by New York Times, NPR, Time, Elle, and other publications. She is a recipient of awards and fellowships from the American Academy of Arts & Letters, the National Endowment for the Arts, Creative Capital, DAAD Berliner Künstlerprogramm, Premio von Rezzori, the Cullman Center for Scholars and Writers, and the Fulbright Scholar Program. Beneath the Lion’s Gaze, her debut novel, was selected by the Guardian as one of the 10 best contemporary African books. Her fiction and nonfiction can be found in the New Yorker, London Review of Books, Guardian, BBC, New York Review of Books, New York Times, Granta, Esquire, Rolling Stone, and other publications.

Photo Credit: Nina Subin

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