Spotlight: Mecca Jamilah Sullivan




Hobart Festival of Women Writers welcomes Mecca Jamilah Sullivan to the Public. Conversation at Festival 2019


Mecca Jamilah Sullivan replaces Cynthia Dewi Oka as a panelist for this conversation.


Mecca Jamilah Sullivan, Ph.D., is the author of the short story collection, Blue Talk and Love (2015). In her fiction, she explores the intellectual, emotional, and bodily lives of young black women, through voice, music, and hip-hop inflected magical realist technique.51ab2DdkbGL._SX311_BO1,204,203,200_

Mecca Jamilah Sullivan‘s 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, Feminist Studies All About Skin: Short Stories by Award-Winning Women Writers of Color, Baobab: South African Journal of New Writing and many others.

Mecca Jamilah Sullivan is the winner of the Charles Johnson Fiction Award, the James Baldwin Memorial Playwriting Award, and fellowships, scholarships and residencies 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. Mecca is Assistant Professor of Women, Gender, Sexuality Studies at UMass Amherst. She holds a Ph.D. in English Literature from the University of Pennsylvania, an M.A. in English and Creative Writing from Temple University, and a B.A. in Afro-American Studies from Smith College.


Mecca Jamilah Sullivan speak about her scholarly and creative work

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Don’t miss this important conversation which continues Hobart Festival of Women Writers’ tradition of engaging our communities, upstate, downstate, and nationwide. All readers, writers, and lovers of language are invited to attend.


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Hobart Festival of Women Writers 2019 is September 6, 7 & 8th

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