Eisa Nefertari Ulen

Eisa Nefertari Ulen

Eisa Nefertari Ulen is the author of Crystelle Mourning (Atria), a novel described by The Washington Post as “a call for healing in the African-American community from generations of hurt and neglect.” She is the recipient of a Frederick Douglass Creative Arts Center Fellowship for Young African-American Fiction Writers, a Provincetown Fine Arts Work Center Fellowship, and a National Association of Black Journalists Award. Her essays on African-American culture have been widely anthologized, most recently in Who Do You Serve? Who Do You Protect? (Haymarket), which won a Social Justice/Advocacy Award in 2017. She has taught literature at Hunter College and The Pratt Institute and is a founding member of ringShout: A Place for Black Literature. She has written for The Washington Post, Essence, Ebony, Ms., Health, Parents, Los Angeles Review of Books,TheHollywoodReporter.com, The Huffington Post, Pen.org, The Root, Truthout, The Defenders Online, The Grio, and CreativeNonfiction.org. She lives in Brooklyn with her husband and son.
Family celebrating Kwanzaa

Why Kwanzaa Is So Meaningful to Black Americans

Founded in 1966 by Dr. Maulana Karenga, Kwanzaa incorporates African language, cultural traditions, and family for a week of affirming, enduring celebrations of Black life.