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Maaza Mengiste

Maaza Mengiste

Maaza Mengiste was born in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. A Fulbright Scholar and professor in the MFA in Creative Writing & Literary Translation programme at Queens College, she is the author of The Shadow King and Beneath the Lion’s Gaze, named one of the Guardian’s Ten Best Contemporary African Books. Her work can be found in the New Yorker, Granta, and the New York Times, among other publications. She lives in New York City.

Read our interview with Maaza Mengiste here.

The Shadow King watch party

Kamila Shamsie on The Shadow King


Nina Sosanya reads The Shadow King