- Communications Manager
Novelist Ayana Mathis delivers the Phillis Wheatley Reading on Tuesday, October 3 at 6:30 p.m. in the Jones Room of the Woodruff Library at Emory University. This is the first reading in the 2017-2018 Creative Writing Program Reading Series. A reception and book signing will follow the reading.
Ayana Mathis is a graduate of the Iowa Writers’ Workshop and a recipient of the 2014-2015 New York Public Library’s Cullum Center Fellowship. “The Twelve Tribes of Hattie,” her first novel was a 2013 New York Times Notable Book of the Year and was chosen by Oprah Winfrey as the second selection for Oprah’s Book Club 2.0. Her non-fiction has been published in the “New York Times,” the “Financial Times”, and the “New Yorker” online.
Mathis has taught creative writing at the Writer’s Foundry MFA Program at St. Joseph’s College, Brooklyn. She is currently an assistant professor of English and creative writing at the Iowa Writers’ Workshop and is at work on her second novel.
In addition to the October 3 reading, Mathis will participate in a Colloquium with Emory students on Wednesday, October 4 at 2 p.m. in N301 Callaway Center. Mathis will discuss her work as a writer and teacher.