Novelist and photographer Maaza Mengiste will discuss photography's connection to her own fiction writing as well as speak on the role of the writer and photojournalism in the contemporary moment.
Maaza Mengiste is a novelist and essayist. Her debut novel, Beneath the Lion's Gaze, was selected by The Guardian as one of the 10 best contemporary African books and named one of the best books of 2010 by Christian Science Monitor, Boston Globe and other publications. Her fiction and nonfiction can be found in The New Yorker, Granta, The Guardian, The New York Times, BBC Radio 4, World Literature Today, Guernica, and Lettre Internationale, among other places. She is the recipient of a Fulbright Fellowship as well as fellowships from Yaddo, the Virginia Center for the Creative Arts, and the Santa Maddalena Foundation. Maaza writes fiction and nonfiction dealing with conflict, migration, and the relationship between photography and violence. She was a writer on the documentary projects, GIRL RISING and THE INVISIBLE CITY: KAKUMA, and sits on the boards of Words Without Borders and Warscapes. Her second novel is forthcoming.
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