Zinzi Clemmons on Identity, Race & Making Sense of Grief

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This week I talk to debut author Zinzi Clemmons about her book “What We Lose: A Novel.” This novel signals the launch of an important new voice who we’ll be turning to to make sense of our world for years to come. Zinzi shares what it was like visiting her mom’s home country of South Africa throughout her childhood and the significance of this place on her identity, the strange ways we process grief and more.

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Portrait courtesy of Vogue

Zinzi is a writer and editor raised in Philadelphia, with roots in South Africa and Trinidad. I received my BA in Critical Theory and Literary Arts from Brown, and my MFA in Fiction from Columbia. My writing has appeared in Zoetrope: All-StoryTransitionThe Paris Review Daily, and elsewhere. I have received fellowships and support from The MacDowell Colony, Bread Loaf, the Fine Arts Work Center in Provincetown, and the Kimbilio Center for African American Fiction. I am co-founder and former Publisher of Apogee Journal, and I am a Contributing Editor to LitHub.com. I teach literature and creative writing at The Colburn Conservatory and Occidental College. My debut novel, What We Lose, as well as a second title, are forthcoming from Viking.