Tuesday, October 23, 2018

Training School for Negro Girls by Camille Acker

This has been a good year for interesting short story collections and Training School for Negro Girls by Camille Acker looks like another one I'd like to read. Camille Acker is a new to me author and I'm interested in checking this one out. 

As unapologetic and resilient as the DC neighborhoods they live in, these women challenge monolithic assumptions of black identity.

A TSA agent who has never flown, a girl braving new worlds to play piano, a teacher caught up in a mayoral race. In this debut collection of stories, each of them navigate life’s “training school”—with its lessons on gentrification and respectability—while fighting to create a vibrant sense of self in this love letter to Washington, DC.

About the Author

(Photo & Bio. via Goodreads)

Camille Acker was raised in Washington, DC.

She holds a B.A. in English from Howard University and an M.F.A. in Creative Writing from New Mexico State University and has more than fifteen years experience as a writer and editor. Her work has been supported by workshops and residencies at the Djerassi Resident Artists Program, Millay Colony for the Arts, Voices of Our Nations Arts (VONA), the Norman Mailer Writers Colony, and Callaloo Writers Workshop. She co-edited Dismantle: An Anthology from the VONA/Voices Workshop and co-founded the website for and about single women, The Spinsters Union. Her work has appeared in Fandor, NewCity, Fusion, DAME, and is forthcoming in Hazlitt, among others. 

She is currently a Visiting Assistant Professor in the Creative Writing program at New Mexico State University. Her short story collection, Training School for Negro Girls, will be published by The Feminist Press in October 2018.

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