Ayana Mathis

Ayana Mathis’s first novel, THE TWELVE TRIBES OF HATTIE, was a New York Times bestseller, second selection for Oprah’s Book Club 2.0, a 2013 New York Times Notable Book, NPR Best Book of 2013, and was long listed for the Dublin Literary Award and nominated for Hurston/Wright Foundation’s Legacy Award. Mathis’s nonfiction has been published in The New York TimesThe AtlanticThe Financial TimesRolling Stone, Guernica and Glamour. Her work has been supported by the New York Public Library’s Cullman Center for Scholars and Writers, the Civitella Ranieri Foundation, and the Bogliasco Foundation. She was a 2020-2021 American Academy in Berlin Prize Fellow. Mathis received her MFA at the Iowa Writers’ Workshop and went on to become the first African American woman to serve as an assistant professor in that program. She was born in Philadelphia, and currently lives in New York City where she teaches writing in Hunter College’s MFA Program.