Kalisha Buckhanon

Fiction Writer

Jennifer Lyons, Jennifer Lyons Agency 151 W. 19th Street, 3rd Floor
New York, NY 10011

Author's Bio

Kalisha is author of the novels Solemn, Conception and Upstate. Essence Magazine introduced her at age 27 as one of “Three Writers to Watch.” Since then Kalisha has been featured in Mosaic, The Crisis, Colorlines, The Guardian, People, Entertainment Weekly, Elle, Marie Claire and more. Her writings appear in Oxford American, Michigan Quarterly Review, Fiction International, Per Contra, pluck!, Kweli, Clutch, xoJane and more. She has also been a guest on NPR, BBC-London, TV-One, ID Channel and BET. Her honors include an American Library Association ALEX Award, Friends of American Writers Award, Terry McMillan Young Author Award, Illinois Arts Council Fellowship, Hurston-Wright Legacy Awards nomination and Pushcart Prize nomination. She was a writing mentor to released women in PEN American Center’s Prison Writing Program, and is a SheKnows.com Experts Among Us on culture and society. Kalisha is a Phi Beta Kappa University of Chicago graduate with an M.F.A. in Fiction from The New School in New York City.

Publications & Prizes

Solemn (St. Martin's Press, 2016)
Conception (St. Martin's Press, 2008)
Upstate (St. Martin's Press, 2005)
Prizes won: 

Andrew Mellon Minority Undergraduate Fellowship in the Humanities, Friends of American Writers Award, Illinois Arts Council Artist Fellowship in Prose, American Library Association ALEX Award, Audie Award in Literary Fiction, AudioFile Earphones Award, Terry McMillan Young Author Award, Zora Neale Hurston/Bessie Head Fiction Award, Phi Beta Kappa, Kankakee County (IL) Historical Society's African-American Exhibit Inductee, Hurston-Wright Foundation Debut Fiction nomination, Pushcart Prize nomination

More Information

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Identifies as: 
African American
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Fluent in: 
English, French
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Kankakee, IL
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Last update: Feb 03, 2018