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A.J. Verdelle is a prize-winning fiction writer, essayist, and working mother. Verdelle’s debut novel, The Good Negress, won five national prizes—including the American Academy of Arts & Letters, the Bunting Institute at Harvard University, the American Library Association; and finalist prizes at the Los Angeles Times, the IMPAC/Dublin Award, and the PEN/Faulkner Foundation. The Good Negress has been used as a novel text in colleges and universities nationally. Verdelle has written both fiction and creative nonfiction, and published essays about wide-reaching subjects. She currently teaches undergraduates at Morgan State University and teaches Master of Fine Arts students in the low-residency program at Lesley University, in Cambridge, Massachusetts.
About the Center for Black Literature at Medgar Evers College, CUNY
For 20 years, the programs of the Center for Black Literature (CBL) have had a dynamic impact in the literary field. The highly anticipated author readings and book signings, journals, symposia, conferences, panel discussions, and writing workshops—and the Center’s intellectual and accessible approach to programming—form an integrative approach to programming that sets CBL apart from others. CBL’s events are known for the way they ensure that Black literary scholarship and conversations are valued and sustained.
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