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Kweli is an award winning literary journal magazine & 501(c)(3). Kweli means truth. We seek out & publish the work of underrepresented writers that “sing the truth.”
Whiting Foundation Judges’ citation:
Reading this journal is a revelation. Here are stories of deep, lived-in materiality. The abundant respect animating its editorial process means its writers, many of them women of color, do not have to justify their concerns and can simply dive into the pleasures of form and narrative. With its vibrant internationalism and the career- and craft-building opportunities it offers its writers, Kweli strives to publish a more generous, humane world into existence.
NICOLE DENNIS-BENN is the author of the acclaimed novel, Patsy, (Norton/Liveright, June 2019), which Time Magazine called “stunning,” and the debut novel, Here Comes the Sun (Norton/Liveright, July 2016). She is s a Lambda Literary Award winner and a recipient of the New York Foundation for the Arts Artist Grant. Time Out Magazine has described Dennis-Benn as an immigrant putting her stamp on New York City and Vice named her among immigrant authors "who are making American Literature great again."
KAI HARRIS is a writer from Detroit, Michigan. She is currently pursuing a PhD in Fiction at Western Michigan University, where she is also Editor-in-Chief of Third Coast magazine. Her debut novel WHAT THE FIREFLIES KNEW will be released next year by PHOEBE ROBINSON's new imprint at Penguin Random House: TINY REPARATIONS BOOKS.
Born and raised in Kingston, Jamaica, SUZANNE MCFAYDEN is an author and leading collector of modern and contemporary art and sponsor of national and international humanitarian efforts to feed the hungry. McFayden holds a BA in French Literature from Cornell University and an MFA in Writing from Mills College. She is working on a collection of essays on race, motherhood and surviving cancer.