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Danielle Evans

Assistant Professor
Department of Literature

  • Danielle Evans is the author of the short-story collection Before You Suffocate Your Own Fool Self, which was a co-winner of the 2011 PEN American Robert W. Bingham Prize for a first book, a National Book Foundation 5 under 35 selection,  the winner of the 2011 Paterson Prize for Fiction and the 2011 Hurston-Wright Award for fiction, and an an honorable mention for the 2011 PEN/Hemingway award. Her work has appeared in magazines including The Paris Review, A Public Space, Callaloo, and Phoebe, has been anthologized in The Best American Short Stories 2008 and 2010, and in New Stories from the South. She teaches literature and creative writing at American University in Washington DC.
  • Degrees

    MFA, Fiction, The University of Iowa
    BA, Anthropology and African-American Studies, Columbia University

  • CAS - Literature
  • Battelle Tompkins - 231
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  • (202) 885-6346

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  • Spring 2014

Scholarly, Creative & Professional Activities

Research Interests

Contemporary and African-American Literature

Selected Publications

  • Virgins, The Paris Review, Fall 2007

    Purple, The L Magazine Summer 2007



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