LaShonda Katrice Barnett


LaShonda Katrice Barnett grew up in Park Forest, Illinois. Of her debut novelJam On The Vine (Grove Atlantic Feb. 2015), O, the Oprah Magazine writes: “Barnett creates an ode to activism, writing with a scholar’s eye and a poet’s soul.” JAM was an Editor’s Choice pick at the Chicago Tribune and won ElIe Magazine‘s Belle Lettres 2015 Reader’s Prize and earned Barnett the Emerging Writers Award at the 2015 Tennessee Williams Literary Festival in New Orleans. Twice-nominated for the 2015 Pushcart prize, Barnett’s short stories have appeared in The Chicago Tribune’s Printers Row Journal, Guernica Magazine, New Orleans Review, and elsewhere. Barnett has received grants from the National Endowment for the Humanities, the New York Money for Women/Barbara Deming Memorial Fund, and the College Language Association, among others. She has held residences at the Noepe Center for Literary Arts-Martha’s Vineyard, the Sewanee Writers’ Conference, where she was a Tennessee Williams Fellow, and the Fine Arts Work Center in Provincetown. She has taught history and literature at Columbia University, Sarah Lawrence College, Hunter College, and Brown University. She writes full time at home on Manhattan’s upper west side.   Web site:

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