Kalisha Buckhanon

Kalisha Buckhanon was honored at the 2006 NBCC with the Terry McMillan Young Author Award for her debut novel, Upstate. It proved to be the start of a stellar writing career. She has penned outstanding books Solemn, Conception and the most recent work, Speaking of Summer, which pulls readers into a woman’s quest for answers and justice about her sister’s disappearance from Harlem. It speaks revelations about women’s lives in America and their arduous task of survival. It has been a book pick of Essence, O Magazine, Time, USA Today and more.
Her stories and essays appear in Fiction, Fiction International, Oxford American, Black Renaissance Noire, Kweli, Winter Tangerine Review, Michigan Quarterly Review, Crimereads and more. She is also seen on ID Channel, BET and TV-One as an expert in true crime cases involving women. She was born in Kankakee, Illinois, and attended the College at University of Chicago, The New School M.F.A. Creative Writing Program and University of Chicago’s English PhD program. Please visit to learn more about her.

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