Maaza Mengiste is a novelist and essayist. Her debut novel Beneath the Lion‘s Gaze was selected by the Guardian as one of the ten best contemporary African books. Her fiction and nonfiction can be found in The New Yorker, Granta, the Guardian, the New York Times, Guernica and BBC Radio, among other places. She is a Fulbright Scholar and was awarded runner-up in the 2011 Dayton Literary Peace Prize. She was a writer on the documentary projects Girl Rising and The Invisible City, and sits on the boards of Words Without Borders and Warscapes. Her second novel is forthcoming.
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