Reading and Q/A with Namwali Serpell | Spring 2019

April 25th. 2019 6:00 pm -


We were proud to host a reading and Q/A with Namwali Serpell, Our Word's Spring 2019 Writer-in-Residence.


Headshot of Namwali SherpellNamwali Serpell is a Zambian writer who teaches at the University of California, Berkeley. She won the 2015 Caine Prize for African writing for her story The Sack. She received a Rona Jaffe Foundation Writers’ Award for women writers in 2011 and was selected for the Africa39, a 2014 Hay Festival project to identify the best African writers under 40. Her first published story, Muzungu, was selected for The Best American Short Stories 2009 and shortlisted for the 2010 Caine Prize. The Old Drift (Hogath, 2019) is her first novel.


Our Word is a student organization whose history is based on activism. In 2000, Our Word was created as the direct result of the protest artist Victor Cervantes ('01) staged to highlight the lack of attention for artists of color on campus. Our Word's mission is to enrich the School of the Arts Writing Program, and the literary community, with outreach, advocacy and inclusiveness. Our Word serves diverse writers, including, but not limited to, persons of color, disabled students, international students, LGBTQIA, women, and any person who claims a non-normative identity. Our Word, is open to any MFA student in the Writing Program.


In an effort to bring a more diverse perspective to the MFA Program, we invite an artist to be our Writer-in-Residence (WiR) each semester. The WiR offers feedback to student work in a one-on-one conference setting. Copies of the WiR’s books and articles are made available to students.


Previous WiRs have included Safiya Sinclair, Naomi Jackson, Tommy Pico, Saeed Jones, Alice Sola Kim, Marie Myung-Ok Lee, Wesley Brown, Marie Mockett, Samantha Thornhill, Victor LaValle, Hari Kunzru, and Colson Whitehead.

Event Time & Date

Date: Past Event
Location: Dodge Hall Room 501