Tameka Cage Conley
TAMEKA CAGE CONLEY, PhD is a graduate of The Iowa Writers’ Workshop. She held the Provost Postgraduate Visiting Writer Fellowship in fiction from 2018-19. As a literary artist, she writes fiction, poetry, plays, librettos and essays. She received a doctoral degree in English in 2006 from Louisiana State University, where she was a recipient of the Huel Perkins Doctoral Fellowship. Her dissertation, Painful Discourses: Borders, Regions, and Representations of Female Circumcision from Africa to America, was awarded the annual Lewis Simpson Distinguished Dissertation Award. She has received writing fellowships from the Cave Canem Poetry Foundation, the Vermont Studio Center, the Virginia Center for the Creative Arts, and the Squaw Valley Writers Conference and Workshops. Her work has appeared in The Virginia Quarterly Review, Ploughshares, Callaloo, African American Review and elsewhere. The opera for which she wrote the libretto, A Gathering of Sons, is the 2019 recipient of the bronze medal in the Society and Social Issues category, awarded by the New York Festivals International Television and Film Awards She is currently at work on her first novel, a family epic that chronicles the untimely deaths of African American men over six decades in Caddo Parish.