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Nafissa Thompson-Spires

Nafissa Thompson-Spires

Keynote Speaker: Author of "Heads of the Colored People"

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    Live Event Fee: $30,000 - $50,000
    Virtual Event Fee: $10,000 - $20,000
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Nafissa Thompson-Spires Biography

Born and raised in Southern California, Nafissa Thompson-Spires earned a PhD in English from Vanderbilt University and a Master of Fine Arts in Creative Writing from the University of Illinois.

Her work has appeared The White Review, Los Angeles Review of Books Quarterly, StoryQuarterly, Lunch Ticket, and The Feminist Wire, among other publications. She is a 2016 participant of the CallalooWriter’s Workshop, a 2017 Tin House workshopee, and a 2017 Sewanee Writer's Conference Stanley Elkin Scholar.

Her first book, "Heads of the Colored People," was long-listed for the 2018 National Book Award, the PEN Robert W. Bingham Award, and the Aspen Words Literary Prize; was a finalist for the Kirkus Prize and Los Angeles Times Book Prize for first fiction; and has won the PEN Open Book Award and an Audie Award.

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Nafissa Thompson-Spires Videos

Reading by Nafissa Thompson-Spires
Book Talk | Heads of the Colored People by Nafissa Thompson Spires
New LAS Faculty: Nafissa Thompson-Spires, Department of English

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Nafissa Thompson-Spires is a keynote speaker and industry expert who speaks on a wide range of topics such as Diversity, Social Activism, Black Heritage, Authors, Writing, Creativity and Professors.

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Nafissa Thompson-Spires is a keynote speaker and industry expert who speaks on a wide range of topics including Diversity, Social Activism and Black Heritage. The estimated speaking fee range to book Nafissa Thompson-Spires for live events is $30,000 - $50,000, and for virtual events $10,000 - $20,000. Nafissa Thompson-Spires can be booked for (private) corporate events, personal appearances, keynote speeches, or other performances. Similar motivational celebrity speakers are Naima Coster, Ijeoma Oluo and Nikki Giovanni. Contact All American Speakers for ratings, reviews, videos and information on scheduling Nafissa Thompson-Spires for an upcoming event.

Nafissa Thompson-Spires Videos

Reading by Nafissa Thompson-Spires
Book Talk | Heads of the Colored People by Nafissa Thompson Spires
New LAS Faculty: Nafissa Thompson-Spires, Department of English
Heads of the Colored People by Nafissa Thompson-Spires

Nafissa Thompson-Spires Reviews

  • Really good experience working with AAE. Attentive, professional, flexible throughout the planning experience. It was a true pleasure to have Nafissa here. The book is a great choice for citywide reads, and her presentation is a great complement to the book. Well done! I would love to keep in touch with AAE about future author events at DC Public Library.
    DC Public Library - Jun 07 2019

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