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Dolen Perkins-Valdez

Assistant Professor Department of Literature

Dolen Perkins-Valdez is the author of the New York Times bestselling novel Wench. *USA Today* called the book "deeply moving" and "beautifully written." *People* called it "a devastatingly beautiful account of a cruel past." *O, The Oprah Magazine* chose it as a Top Ten Pick of the Month, and NPR named it a top 5 book club pick of 2010. Dolen's fiction has appeared in The Kenyon Review, StoryQuarterly, StorySouth, and elsewhere. In 2011, she was a finalist for two NAACP Image Awards and the Hurston-Wright Legacy Award for fiction. She was also awarded the First Novelist Award by the Black Caucus of the American Library Association. Dolen received a DC Commission on the Arts Grant for her forthcoming second novel which will also be published by HarperCollins.


BA, Harvard College
PhD, George Washington University

CAS - Literature
Battelle Tompkins - 229
Contact Info
(202) 885-2978

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See Also
AU Creative Writing Program
Wench: A Novel


  • Spring 2019