The other notable shortlist writers are Cherrie Kandie (Kenya), Ngwah-Mbo Nanan Nkweti (Cameroon), Tochukwu Emmanuel Okafor (Nigeria), Lesley Nneka Arimah (Nigeria), Meron Hadero (Ethiopia)
Meron Hadero is an Ethiopian-American born in Addis Ababa who came to the U.S. as a refugee in her childhood via East and West Germany. Her work ‘The Wall’, was published in McSweeney’s Quarterly Concern, Issue 52.
Her stories appear in Best American Short Stories, McSweeney’s, Zyzzyva, The Iowa Review, and others. Her writing is also in The New York Times Book Review and the anthology The Displaced: Refugee Writers on Refugee Lives. She has been awarded residencies at Yaddo, Ragdale, and MacDowell, and holds an MFA from the University of Michigan, a JD from Yale Law School (Washington State Bar), and a BA from Princeton in history. Meron is a recipient of a 2019-2020 Steinbeck Fellowship.
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Audio Reading by Chantel Miller