Kalisha is a novelist, TV commentator and arts advocate. Invite her to your next event today.
Kalisha Buckhanon’s next book is Speaking of Summer, an exploration of women’s lives and effects of past trauma. She has provided expert commentary on true crime cases for TV-One, BET and ID Channel. She volunteered to teach writing to formerly incarcerated women through PEN American Center’s Prison Writing Program. Her debut novel UPSTATE was an American Library Association ALEX Award and New York Public Library’s Best Book for Teens honoree, as well as an inaugural selection for the National Book Foundation’s “Literature for Justice” program. She has taught writing, humanities, literacy, general education and more from pre-school to college in New York City, Chicago and her native birthplace Kankakee, Illinois. She has an M.F.A. in Creative Writing from The New School in New York City with her B.A. and M.A. in English Language and Literature from the University of Chicago.
Kalisha is a benevolent, versatile special guest who has addressed audiences of all ages and kinds on topics ranging from her novels, writing, the arts and culture industries, Black cultural history, justice and more specialized lectures in Black women’s history and culture, youth motivation and women’s empowerment.
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SELECTION OF PAST APPEARANCES
Library Journal’s “Day of Dialog,” Great Lakes Independent Booksellers Association, National Book Foundation’s “Literature for Justice” program, American Writers Museum, University of Chicago Emerging Writers Series, University of Chicago Gender Studies Department, Northwestern Lane Humanities Series, Center for Black Literature at Medgar Evers College-CUNY, School of the Art Institute-Chicago M.F.A Program, Gwendolyn Brooks Black Writing and Literature Conference, Chicago State University M.F.A. Program, New York University’s Institute of African American Affairs, University of Arkansas for the late E. Lynn Harris, Waubonsee Community College, Oakton College Women’s and Gender Studies Conference, University of Alabama at Tuscaloosa, American Library Association Conference, National Council of Teachers of English Conference, National Book Club Conference, Union League Club Chicago, Literature For All of Us, Kankakee Community College, New York Public Libraries, Brooklyn Public Library, Free Library of Philadelphia, Chicago Public Libraries, South Street Seaport Museum and Neighborhood Writing Alliance.