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Mia McKenzie
Thursday, April 12th
6:00-7:00 pm: Q & A and book signing in Humanities 129
7:00-8:00 pm: Workshop

Mia McKenzie is an award-winning writer and a smart, scrappy Philadelphian with a deep love of fake fur collars and Black people. She studied writing at the University of Pittsburgh. She is a black feminist and a freaking queer, facts that are often reflected in her stories, which are literary and lyrical and hella quirky, and which have won her some awards and grants, such as the Astraea Foundation’s Writers Fund Award (‘09) and the Leeway Foundation’s Transformation Award (‘11). Her debut novel, The Summer We Got Free, won the 2013 Lambda Literary Award. It has been described by author and critic Jewelle Gomez as "a brilliant tapestry filled with exuberance and anxiety". Her second book, Black Girl Dangerous on Race, Queerness, Class and Gender is being taught at colleges and universities across the country. You can read her essays in BGD, The Guardian, Jezebel and Ebony, and her short stories in The Kenyon Review, McSweeney's Quarterly Concern and make/shift. She travels and speaks about race, queerness, gender, class, and the intersections of all of these. Read more about Mia and catch up on her latest writings at

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