ZINZI CLEMMONS was raised in Philadelphia by a South African mother and an American father. Her debut novel, What We Lose (Viking 2017) was a finalist for the Aspen Words Literary Prize, a Hurston/Wright Legacy Award, and the National Book Critics Circle Leonard Prize. She is a 2017 National Book Award 5 Under 35 Honoree. She wrote the foreword for a new edition of Jean Toomer’s Cane, forthcoming from Penguin Classics in 2019. She is a professor of English at Occidental College in Los Angeles.
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