Mecca Jamilah Sullivan

Fiction Writer

New York, NY

Author's Bio

Mecca Jamilah Sullivan, Ph.D., is the author of the forthcoming short story collection, Blue Talk and Love. In her fiction, she explores the intellectual, emotional, and bodily lives of young women of color, through voice, music, and hip-hop-inflected magical realism. Her short stories have appeared or are forthcoming in Best New Writing, American Fiction: Best New Stories by Emerging Writers, Prairie Schooner, Callaloo, Crab Orchard Review, Robert Olen Butler Fiction Prize Stories, BLOOM: Queer Fiction, Art, Poetry and More, TriQuarterly, All About Skin: Short Stories by Award-Winning Women Writers, Baobab: South African Journal of New Writing and many others. She is the winner of the Charles Johnson Fiction Award, the James Baldwin Memorial Playwriting Award, and other honors from the National Endowment for the Arts, the Bread Loaf Writers’ Conference, The Yaddo Colony, the Hedgebrook Writers’ Retreat, and the Center for Fiction in New York City, where she received a 2011 Emerging Writers Fellowship. She is Associate Editor for Arts & Culture at The Feminist Wire, and her critical essays on blackness and sexuality in contemporary culture have appeared on, The Scholar & Feminist, Public Books,, and others. She earned her Doctorate degree in English Literature from the University of Pennsylvania and is an Assistant Professor of Women, Gender, and Sexuality Studies at UMass Amherst.

Twitter: @mecca_jamilah

Publications & Prizes

All About Skin: Short Fiction by Women of Color (University of Wisconsin Press, 2014)
American Fiction: Best Unpublished Short Stories by Emerging Writers (New Rivers Press, 2012)
2010 Robert Olen Butler Fiction Prize Stories (Del Sol Press, 2011)
Woman's Work (GirlChild Press, 2010)
Best New Writing 2010 (Hopewell Publications, 2009)
X-24: Unclassified (Flipped eye, 2007)
Baby Remember My Name (Carroll & Graf, 2006)
Blue Talk and Love (Magnus Books, 2015)
American Visions
Crab Orchard Review
Feminist Studies
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Minnesota Review
Ms. Magazine
Philadelphia Stories
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Specter Magazine
The Feminist Wire
The Homeboy Review
Prizes won: 

National Endowment for the Arts Fellowship, Hambidge Center, 2013.

Bread Loaf Writers' Conference, Alan Collins Scholarship, 2012.

Center For Fiction Emerging Writer Fellowship, 2011.

Yaddo Colony Fiction Residency, 2010.

Hedgebrook Retreat Fiction Residency, 2010.

Bread Loaf Writers' Conference, Waiter/Work-Study Scholarship 2010.

Charles Johnson Fiction Award, 2008.

American Short Fiction Short Story Contest (Second Place Winner), 2010.

Gulf Coast Fiction Contest (Finalist), 2010.

Robert Olen Butler Fiction Prize (Finalist), 2010.

Eric Hoffer Prose Award (Shortlist Finalist), 2009.

Glimmer Train Short Story Award for New Writers (Finalist), 2009.

Downtown Urban Theatre Festival (Finalist), 2009.

Sol Books Prose Series (Finalist), 2009.

Story of the Month, Philadelphia Stories online, January, 2008.

William Gunn Fiction Award, 2005.

Smith-Shonubi Scholarship in Fiction, NY State Summer Writers' Institute, 2005.

Temple University Future Faculty Fellowship for Fiction, 2004-5.

James Baldwin Memorial Playwriting Award, 2001.

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Last update: Sep 05, 2014