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Namwali Serpell

Namwali Serpell was born in Zambia in 1980 and now lives in New York City. She is a professor of English at Harvard and was recently an associate professor of English at the University of California, Berkeley. Her writing has been featured in publications including Tin House, n+1, McSweeney's, The Believer, San Francisco Chronicle, and The Guardian. Serpell's debut novel, The Old Drift, won the Anisfield-Wolf Book Award for fiction “that confronts racism and explores diversity,” the Arthur C. Clarke Award for science fiction, and the Los Angeles Times’s Art Seidenbaum Award for First Fiction, among others.