Maaza Mengiste is a novelist and essayist. She is the recipient of fellowships from the Fulbright Scholar Program, the National Endowment for the Arts, and Creative Capital. Her debut novel, Beneath the Lion’s Gaze was selected by the Guardian as one of the 10 best contemporary African books and named one of the best books by the Christian Science Monitor, Boston Globe, and other publications. Her work can be found in the The New Yorker, New York Review of Books, Rolling Stone, The New York Times, among other places. Her second novel, The Shadow King, will be published in September, 2019.