A.J. Verdelle is an award-winning writer and teacher. Her debut novel, The Good Negress, was a finalist for the PEN/Faulkner Prize, the Los Angeles Book Prize and the IMPAC Dublin Fiction Award. The Good Negress won multiple national prizes—including the Vursell Award from the American Academy of Arts & Letters, the Whiting Award in fiction, and the Bunting Institute fellowship at Harvard University. Verdelle teaches undergraduates at Morgan State University and graduate students in the MFA program at Lesley University in Cambridge, Massachusetts. Verdelle will publish a book about memories of her friendship with the great writer, Toni Morrison.