Heads of the Colored People: Stories, Nafissa Thompson-Spires

Heads of the Colored People: Stories, Nafissa Thompson-Spires


Calling to mind the best works of Paul Beatty and Junot Diaz, this compendium of moving, timely, and darkly funny stories examines the concept of black identity in our alleged "postracial" era.

Poignant and darkly funny, these stories depict nuanced, utterly unique characters in a way that blows our preconceived notions of race and identity wide open. Nafissa Thompson-Spires is a literary voice to be reckoned with.

This work speaks to the ongoing conversations surrounding race and identity politics and nods to the revolutionary black writers and scholars who began this fight for equality centuries ago.

In addition to this collection of stories, we will also be publishing a novel by this talented author. We look forward to growing her as an important voice in literary fiction.

Nafissa Thompson-Spires earned a PhD in English from ­­­­Vanderbilt and an MFA in Creative Writing from ­­­­­­the University of Illinois. Her work has appeared in Story Quarterly, Lunch Ticket, and The Feminist Wire, among other publications, and her short story "Heads of the Colored People: Four Fancy Sketches, Two Chalk Outlines, and No Apology" won Story Quarterly's 2016 Fiction Prize, judged by Mat Johnson. She is a 2016 fellow of the Callaloo Writer's Workshop.

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