Since we are a little more than half-way through our list, it seemed like a good time to remind everyone why we're doing this. African-American and Black female authors get very little attention. For Black History month, we wanted to shine our light on the tremendous work done by African-American women fiction authors.
Ms. Greenidge's writing has appeared in the Vogue, Glamour, the Wall Street Journal, Elle.com, Buzzfeed, Transition Magazine, Virginia Quarterly Review, The Believer, American Short Fiction and other places. She is the recipient of fellowships from the Whiting Foundation, the National Endowment for the Arts, the Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study. She is a contributing writer for the New York Times (her page) as well as a contributing author and editor for the Lenny Letter (her page).
She received an MFA from Hunter College and is currently on faculty at Bennington College. She was the recipient of the Bernard Cohen Short Story Prize. She was a Bread Loaf scholar, a Lower Manhattan Cultural Council Workspace artist-in-residence, and a Johnson State College visiting emerging writer.
Ms. Greenidge generously shares many of her multi-genre short-stories on the Internet. Here are a select few: "Planets" (FeministWire), "Axe Wound" (Guernica), "Emperor of the Universe" (Kweli Journal), and "Four Tales for Dry Land" (the Offering).
Her debut novel, We love you, Charlie Freeman, (Amazon, Goodreads) was called "terrifically auspicious" by the New York Times. It was New York Times Critics' Top 10 Books of 2016, 2016 Forward Indies Book of the Year, a finalist for the 2016 Center for Fiction First Novel Prize and the 2017 Young Lions Award, and a semi-finalist for the 2016 Brooklyn Public Library Brooklyn Eagles Literary Prize. It is currently in pre-production for a movie, expected to be out by 2020.
Ms. Greenidge's wide-range of interests combined with her talent will mean that we can expect more novels, more stories, and more non-fiction in the coming years.
What do we recommend you read? We encourage to read We love you, Charlie Freeman (Amazon)