Negress: a woman of Black or African descent | digression: a departure from the main subject in speech or writing
Kalisha Buckhanon’s novels are Upstate, Conception and Solemn (May 2016, St. Martin’s Press/ MacMillan). Her writing awards include an American Library Association Alex Award, Friends of American Writers Award, Audie Award in Literary Fiction and Illinois Arts Council Fellowship. Places Kalisha and her work have been featured include Essence, People, Guardian, London Independent on Sunday, Mosaic, Colorlines, The Root, Clutch, xoJane, BlogHer, Michigan Quarterly Review, Intellectual Refuge, Stockholm Review, Atticus Review, Black Renaissance Noire, Hermeneutic Chaos and more.
Her 2015 work includes appearance in Winter Tangerine Review’s “Hands Up, Don’t Shoot” feature of writing and art, released on Trayvon Martin’s birthday. Her She Knows essays tackled myths of disadvantage for children of teenage parents, stereotypes of black girls after the McKinney, Texas, pool party arrests, and the #WhatDoITellMySon initiative for black boys and police violence. She spoke on TV One’s crime series “For My Man” for her work in the 2014 movement to deny parole to Vanessa Coleman, one of five defendants convicted for the 2007 loss of victims Channon Christian and Chris Newsom. Fiction International gave a Pushcart Prize nomination to her story “Word”: for Deletha Word, a Detroit mother who leaped off a bridge to escape an assault as a crowd watched. “Pick Me,” her series on a mixed-race couple’s choice to adopt a black child, debuted on Kindle Singles.
Kalisha is a Phi Beta Kappa honor society and Sisters in Crime national organization of women crime writers member, with appearances for SinC as a commentator on Investigation Discovery’s “Deadly Affairs” in 2014 and on the premiere season of BET’s “Criminals at Work” in 2016. She has taught for PEN American Center’s Prison Writing Program and Kankakee Community College, and is on the fiction faculty of The Eckleburg Workshops directed out of The Johns Hopkins University. Kalisha has an M.F.A in Creative Writing from The New School in New York City, and a B.A. and M.A. in English Language and Literature from University of Chicago. You may visit her at Kalisha.com and on social media @KalishaOnline.