Maaza MengisteSee all fellows >
Ethiopia | 2010
Maaza Mengiste was born in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, and graduated with an MFA in Creative Writing from New York University. A 2010-11 Fulbright Scholar and recent Pushcart Prize nominee, she was named “New Literary Idol” by New York Magazine. Her work has appeared in The Baltimore Review, Ninth Letter, and 42opus, has been translated and published into German and Romanian for Lettre International, and can be found in the Seal Press anthology Homelands: Women’s Journeys Across Race, Place and Time. Her first novel Beneath the Lion’s Gaze was published in 2010 and is a finalist for the Flaherty-Dunnan First Novel Prize. A recipient of fellowships from the Prague Summer Program, the Virginia Center for the Creative Arts, Yaddo and the Emily Harvey Foundation, she currently lives in New York.