Denne Michele Norris

Denne performed at a SpeakTogether student matinee at Edward R. Murrow High School in Midwood, Brooklyn, on September 26, 2018, speaking on the theme, “A Place for Us.” She also led a College Readiness after-school workshop for SpeakTogether at Union Settlement in East Harlem on December 5, 2018.

Denne Michele Norris (she/they) is the author of Awst Collection—Dennis Norris II, named one of the best books of 2018 by Powell’s Books. A 2017 MacDowell Colony Fellow, a 2016 Tin House Scholar, and 2015 Kimbilio Fiction Fellow, she was a Peter Taylor Fellow for the 2019 Kenyon Review Fiction Workshop.

Her writing appears in Shondaland, INTO, The Rumpus, Apogee Journal, and SmokeLong Quarterly, and elsewhere, and her short story Last Rites appears in Everyday People: The Color of Life, an anthology recently published by Atria Books, and her story Daddy’s Boy appears in the new anthology Forward: 21st Century Flash Fiction. Her fiction has twice been nominated for a Pushcart Prize and her story Where Every Boy is Known and Loved is a finalist for the 2018 Best Small Fictions Prize.

The former Fiction Editor for Apogee Journal, she currently serves as Assistant Fiction Editor for The Rumpus and co-host of the critically-acclaimed podcast Food 4 Thot. She lives in Harlem, where she is hard at work on her debut novel.

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