Since releasing her beautifully wrought novel What We Lose, Zinzi Clemmons has earned a chorus of praise from the likes of Harper’s Bazaar, Esquire and Vogue, which hailed it as 2017’s debut novel of the year. It tells the story of a young woman dealing with the loss of a parent while coming to terms with issues of race, sex and love. Glory Edim speaks with an exciting new talent about her loosely autobiographical exorcism of grief.

Zinzi Clemmons (International)

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Zinzi Clemmons was raised in Philadelphia by a South African mother and an American father. She serves as Associate Editor at The Believer and as a Contributing Editor to Literary Hub. What We Lose, her first novel, is a finalist for the the Carnegie Medal, the Aspen Words Literary Prize, and the National Book Critics' Circle John Leonard Prize. She is a 2017 National Book Award 5 Under 35 Honoree. Zinzi teaches creative writing at Occidental College, and is a Visiting Writer at Pitzer College.

Glory Edim (International)

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Glory Okon Edim is the founder of Well-Read Black Girl, an online book club turned literary festival that celebrates the uniqueness of Black literature and sisterhood. Well-Read Black Girl’s mission is to increase the visibility of Black women writers and initiate meaningful conversation with readers. Brooklyn Magazine and Smart Girls called Glory the “future of reading”. She has worked as a creative strategist for over 10 years at start-ups and cultural institutions, including Kickstarter, the New York Foundation for the Arts and The Webby Awards. Her first book, Well-Read Black Girl: Finding Our Stories, Discovering Ourselves is an anthology of essays by high-profile black female writers, including Zinzi Clemmons, Morgan Jerkins, and Tayari Jones, and will be published in 2018.