Ayana Mathis

33rd annual Key West Literary Seminar

HOW THE LIGHT GETS IN: Literature of the Spirit
January 8–11, 2015

Ayana Mathis is a graduate of the Iowa Writers’ Workshop and a recipient of the 2014-15 New York Public Library’s Cullman Center Fellowship. The Twelve Tribes of Hattie, her first novel, a New York Times Bestseller and a 2013 New York Times Notable Book of the Year 2013, was chosen by Oprah Winfrey as the second selection for Oprah’s Book Club 2.0. Ayana was the 2011-12 Michener-Copernicus Fellow. She taught fiction writing as visiting faculty at the Iowa Writer’s Workshop in Spring 2013, and is currently teaching at The Writer’s Foundry MFA Program at St. Joseph’s College, Brooklyn.

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“She shook her head. Later that evening, and for years to come, he would wonder if he had misunderstood her, if her shame wasn’t at having a child with him but something larger that he didn’t understand, and if it wasn’t his failure to grasp this that had doomed them. But in that moment, he thought she only needed convincing, so he talked about renting her a house in Baltimore, where he’d grown up, and how they’d bring her children from Philadelphia and what it would all be like.” (Ayana Mathis, Twelve Tribes of Hattie)

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