SHARIFA RHODES-PITTS is a writer whose work has appeared in Transition, The New York Times, Harper’s, Vogue, and Essence among others. She has received awards from the Rona Jaffe Foundation, the Lannan Foundation, and the New York Foundation for the Arts. Originally from Houston, Texas, she graduated from Harvard University and was a Fulbright Scholar in the UK. Sharifa is writing a trilogy on African-Americans and utopia; her first book, Harlem Is Nowhere, was published by Little, Brown & Co. and by Granta Books (UK). It was named among 100 Notable Books of 2011 by the New York Times Book Review and nominated for a National Book Critics Circle Award.