Writers on Writing: Nafissa Thompson-Spires

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7 p.m. – 7:30 p.m.

Interview with Nafissa Thompson-Spires

With Dr. Brenda M. Greene, Executive Director

The Center for Black Literature at Medgar Evers College, CUNY

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About the Program

Dr. Brenda Greene interviews Nafissa Thompson-Spires, author of the collection of short stories Heads of the Colored People (Atria/37 INK, 2018).  The book won the PEN Open Book Award, formerly the Beyond Margins Award. Thompson-Spires’ stories address themes related to race, grief, mental illness, eating disorders, and police violence.

Although they are often dark, they capture issues that people are reluctant to discuss and examine the interior lives of their characters. Greene and Thompson-Spires discuss the themes in the collection, the writing process and Thompson-Spires’ motivation for developing the stories.

About the Author

Nafissa Thompson-Spires is the author of the short story collection Heads of the Colored People.  Her work has appeared or is forthcoming in The Paris Review DailyDissent, Buzzfeed BooksThe White ReviewThe Los Angeles Review of Books Quarterly Journal, Story QuarterlyLunch TicketEast Bay Review, and other publications. She currently works as an assistant professor of Creative Writing at UIUC and is an alumna of Callaloo, Tin House, and a 2017 Stanley Elkin Scholar at the Sewanee Writers’ Conference.