Zinzi Clemmons’ interests include creative writing, African American fiction, experimental and avant garde literature, and political writing.
Zinzi Clemmons was raised in Philadelphia by a South African mother and an American father. Her debut novel, What We Lose (Viking 2017), was named “Debut Novel of the Year” by Vogue, and received praise from the Atlantic, the Guardian, the New York Times, The New Yorker, and others. What We Lose was a finalist for the Aspen Words Literary Prize, a Hurston/Wright Legacy Award, and the National Book Critics Circle Leonard Prize. She is a 2017 National Book Award 5 Under 35 Honoree. She wrote the foreword to a new edition of Jean Toomer’s Cane, forthcoming from Penguin Classics in 2019. A co-founder of the literary journal Apogee, she currently serves as Associate Editor for The Believer magazine.