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Visiting Writers Series hosts Sarah Ladipo Manyika and Sally Wen Mao

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Sarah Ladipo Manyika was raised in Nigeria and has lived in Kenya, France, and England. She has a doctorate from UC Berkeley. Her second novel, Like a Mule Bringing Ice Cream to the Sun (2016), has been described as “gorgeous and finely crafted…. [It] shows ordinary people at their best.” Noting the paucity of stories about older women who have lived colorful lives, especially African women, Sarah says, “When I cannot find stories that I’d like to read, I try writing them for myself.” Sarah is currently Books Editor at

Sally Wen Mao is the author of Mad Honey Symposium (Alice James Books, 2014). Her second book, Oculus, is forthcoming from Graywolf Press in 2019. Her work has won a 2017 Pushcart Prize and is published or forthcoming in A Public Space, Poetry, Black Warrior ReviewGuernicaThe Missouri ReviewTin House, The Best of the Net 2014 and The Best American Poetry 2013, among others. The recipient of fellowships and scholarships from Kundiman, the New York Public Library Cullman Center, and Bread Loaf Writers Conference, Mao holds an M.F.A. from Cornell University. She is the 2017-2018 Jenny McKean Writer in Washington at the George Washington University.