Serena Simpson is an artist and a scholar. She writes fiction and nonfiction; her narratives are deeply influenced by place and memory. Serena’s current research centers on 20th century african-american women's literature that reflects the necessity of kindred relationships in black women’s conception and expression of identity. She is a graduate fellow in the Litowitz Creative Writing MFA+MA program at Northwestern University. She previously earned an MA in Writing and Publishing at DePaul University and completed a BA in English with a minor in Creative Writing at Spelman College. She was recently awarded the Leon Forrest Prose Award in nonfiction by the Guild Literary Complex in Chicago.