YaleWomen Writers: Special Guest, Deesha Philyaw

Photo of Deesha PhilyawSpecial guest speaker: Deesha Philyaw's debut short story collection, The Secret Lives of Church Ladies, won the 2021 PEN/Faulkner Award for Fiction, the 2020/2021 Story Prize, and a 2020 LA Times Book Prize: The Art Seidenbaum Award for First Fiction; the collection was also a finalist for the 2020 National Book Award for Fiction. The Secret Lives of Church Ladies focuses on Black women, sex, and the Black church, and is being adapted for television by HBO Max with Tessa Thompson executive producing. Deesha is also the co-author of Co-Parenting 101: Helping Your Kids Thrive in Two Households After Divorce, written in collaboration with her ex-husband. Her work has been listed as Notable in the Best American Essays series, and her writing on race, parenting, gender, and culture has appeared in The New York Times, The Washington Post, McSweeney’s, The Rumpus, Brevity, dead housekeeping, Apogee Journal, Catapult, Harvard Review, ESPN’s The Undefeated, The Baltimore Review, TueNight, Ebony and Bitch magazines, and various anthologies. Deesha is also a Kimbilio Fiction Fellow and will be the 2022-2023 John and Renée Grisham Writer-in-Residence at the University of Mississippi.

Deesha Philyaw’s Website

YaleWomen Writers meets every 2nd and 4th Monday on Zoom to share successes and challenges, exchange tips on the craft and business of writing, and remind ourselves that all of our stories matter. All writers are welcome, regardless of genre, medium, or level of experience.

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December 13, 2021 at 7:30pm - 9pm
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  • YaleWomen Writers
    commented 2021-11-18 17:37:29 -0500
    Thanks Alexis! I’ve double-checked and we’re still up to date so the captions should work for this and all future meetings. Looking forward to seeing you there!
  • Alexis Krasilovsky
    commented 2021-11-09 20:00:43 -0500
    Greatly looking forward to this event! Would you kindly check under “Settings” for your Zoom a couple of weeks in advance (—as it can’t be changed at the last minute) to ensure that you have the updated version of Zoom which enables you to click on “Automatic Transcriptions” so that those of us who are Deaf or hard of hearing can read the captions? As the author of a book about film/TV adaptations, I’m especially eager to follow Deesha Philyaw’s every word. Thanks.