Dinaw Mengestu

Dinaw Mengestu is an Ethiopian-American author of three novels, most recently All Our Names. His debut novel, The Beautiful Things that Heaven Bears, won the Guardian First Book Award and the Los Angeles Times Book Prize, and was a New York Times Notable Book of 2007. He was a 2013 MacArthur Foundation Fellow and recipient of a 5 Under 35 award from the National Book Foundation. He was included on The New Yorker 20 Under 40 list in 2010. Mengestu is director of the Written Arts Program at Bard College. He has held the Lannan Chair of Poetics at Georgetown University and taught at Brooklyn College. He serves on the advisory Board of Warscapes, an independent online magazine, and was a judge for the 2012 National Book Awards. He is also a journalist whose work includes reporting from conflict-affected regions of Africa and has appeared in such publications as Harper’s, Granta, Rolling Stone, The New Yorker, and the Wall Street Journal. He joined the PEN America Board in 2016.