Nafissa Thompson-Spires


Heads of the Colored People

Chatto & Windus

In this debut collection of short fiction, Nafissa Thompson-Spires interrogates our supposedly post-racial era as she exposes the violence that threatens black Americans, no matter their apparent successes. Her characters are frequently in all kinds of crisis situations, from a bullied teenager with a growing YouTube following to a nurse worn down by the demand for her skills as a funeral singer. This book introduces us to a compelling and original new voice in fiction.

Nafissa Thompson-Spires earned a PhD in English from Vanderbilt University and a Master of Fine Arts in Creative Writing from the University of Illinois. Her work has appeared or is forthcoming in The White Review, the Los Angeles Review of Books Quarterly, StoryQuarterly, Lunch Ticket and The Feminist Wire, among other publications. She is a 2016 participant of the Callaloo Creative Writing Workshop, a 2017 Tin House workshopee, and a 2017 Sewanee Writers Conference Stanley Elkin Scholar. Born in San Diego, California, she now lives in Illinois with her husband.