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About Jamie McGhee

Jamie McGhee received a full merit scholarship to Duke University to study creative writing. After pairing her English studies with degrees in International Comparative Studies and Arabic, she graduated in 2016.

That May, she began work on the book-length project Praying with James Baldwin, an interrogation and celebration of James Baldwin’s work in the era of Black Lives Matter. The first phase has been completed and is available here. Stanford University featured the project as part of their Philosophy Talk initiative.

In 2017, while studying under author Grant Ginder, she wrote a short story about the dispossession of the Cherokee Freedmen. The literary agency Janklow & Nesbit signed her to expand the short story into the novel We Are Delighted to Inform You That You No Longer Have a People, which is her current major project.

While working in Los Angeles, she wrote for Issa Rae Productions and was awarded Amy Poehler’s Upright Citizens Brigade Diversity Fellowship. Other awards include the shortlist for Chimamanda Adichie’s Farafina Trust, first place in the Rosati Awards for Creative Writing, first place in the Anne Flexner Prize for Poetry and second place in the Reynolds Price Fiction Awards.

Publications include the anthology Outside the XY: Queer Black and Brown Masculinity (2016) and several independent magazines, such as Brooklyn Magazine, -ismo and The Phoenix Review. Her first solo book, a biography of Venus and Serena Williams, is forthcoming with Macmillan.

In 2018, she was named a James Baldwin Writer-in-Residence at La Maison Baldwin in Saint-Paul de Vence, France. She has also been awarded residencies at Kunstort Eleven in Germany, Sa Taronja Associació Cultural in Spain and Blue Mountain Center in the United States, and has taken advanced workshops at the Iowa Writers’ Workshop (Summer Program), Cave Canem and Catapult.

She splits her time most often between Nairobi, Kenya and Charlotte, North Carolina. In addition to Egyptian Arabic, she speaks Spanish and is proficient in Kiswahili.