Welcome Professor Zinzi Clemmons

Welcome Professor Zinzi Clemmons

Here’s cause to celebrate as we head into the fall quarter:

We are excited to welcome Zinzi Clemmons to the English department as our Visiting Assistant Professor in Creative Writing.

The author of fiction and creative nonfiction, Clemmons writes compellingly in both genres about life in the United States and in South Africa, where her mother was born and raised.

Her first novel, What We Lose (Viking, 2017), was praised everywhere from The Atlantic to The Wall Street Journal, Buzzfeed to Essence. Vogue called it the “debut novel of the year.”

Clemmons is currently working on a new book called Freedom (also under contract with Viking), a collection of interlinked long-form essays that combine memoir, political reportage, and original research.

In addition to these major works, Clemmons authored the forward to the new Penguin edition of Jean Toomer's Cane and contributes to online platforms including Literary Hub, The Believer, and The Los Angeles Review of Books.

Please join me in welcoming Clemmons virtually and, should the opportunity arrive, in person on the Voorhies halls. I am sure that I speak for Professors Katie Peterson and Lucy Corin, who served on the search committee that led to this happy result, in sharing how thrilled we are to have Clemmons as a colleague.

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