Mecca Jamilah Sullivan

New York, NY

Author's Bio

Mecca Jamilah Sullivan, Ph.D., is the author of the forthcoming short story collection, Blue Talk and Love. In her fiction, she explores the intellectual, emotional, and bodily lives of young women of color, through voice, music, and hip-hop-inflected magical realism. Her short stories have appeared or are forthcoming in Best New Writing, American Fiction: Best New Stories by Emerging Writers, Prairie Schooner, Callaloo, Crab Orchard Review, Robert Olen Butler Fiction Prize Stories, BLOOM: Queer Fiction, Art, Poetry and More, TriQuarterly, All About Skin: Short Stories by Award-Winning Women Writers, Baobab: South African Journal of New Writing and many others. She is the winner of the Charles Johnson Fiction Award, the James Baldwin Memorial Playwriting Award, and other honors from the National Endowment for the Arts, the Bread Loaf Writers’ Conference, The Yaddo Colony, the Hedgebrook Writers’ Retreat, and the Center for Fiction in New York City, where she received a 2011 Emerging Writers Fellowship. She is Associate Editor for Arts & Culture at The Feminist Wire, and her critical essays on blackness and sexuality in contemporary culture have appeared on, The Scholar & Feminist, Public Books,, and others. She earned her Doctorate degree in English Literature from the University of Pennsylvania and is an Assistant Professor of Women, Gender, and Sexuality Studies at UMass Amherst. Twitter: @mecca_jamilah

Publications and Prizes


Blue Talk and Love
(Magnus Books,


X-24: Unclassified
(Flipped eye,
Woman's Work
(GirlChild Press,
2010 Robert Olen Butler Fiction Prize Stories
(Del Sol Press,
American Fiction: Best Unpublished Short Stories by Emerging Writers
(New Rivers Press,
All About Skin: Short Fiction by Women of Color
(University of Wisconsin Press,


Philadelphia Stories
Minnesota Review
American Visions
Crab Orchard Review
The Homeboy Review
Specter Magazine
Ms. Magazine
The Feminist Wire
Feminist Studies
Specter Magazine
Prairie Schooner
National Endowment for the Arts Fellowship, Hambidge Center, 2013. Bread Loaf Writers' Conference, Alan Collins Scholarship, 2012. Center For Fiction Emerging Writer Fellowship, 2011. Yaddo Colony Fiction Residency, 2010. Hedgebrook Retreat Fiction Residency, 2010. Bread Loaf Writers' Conference, Waiter/Work-Study Scholarship 2010. Charles Johnson Fiction Award, 2008. American Short Fiction Short Story Contest (Second Place Winner), 2010. Gulf Coast Fiction Contest (Finalist), 2010. Robert Olen Butler Fiction Prize (Finalist), 2010. Eric Hoffer Prose Award (Shortlist Finalist), 2009. Glimmer Train Short Story Award for New Writers (Finalist), 2009. Downtown Urban Theatre Festival (Finalist), 2009. Sol Books Prose Series (Finalist), 2009. Story of the Month, Philadelphia Stories online, January, 2008. William Gunn Fiction Award, 2005. Smith-Shonubi Scholarship in Fiction, NY State Summer Writers' Institute, 2005. Temple University Future Faculty Fellowship for Fiction, 2004-5. James Baldwin Memorial Playwriting Award, 2001.

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Listing last updated: September 5, 2014.

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