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Individual Author Record

General Information

Name:  Kalisha Buchonon  

Pen Name: None

Genre: Fiction Other

Audience: Adult; Young Adult;

Born: 1977 in Kankakee, Illinois

-- Kalisha Buchonon on WorldCat --

Illinois Connection

Buckhannon She has an M. F. A. in Creative Writing from New School University in New York City, and both a B. A. and an M. A. in English Language and Literature from the University of Chicago.

Biographical and Professional Information

Meet The Author KALISHA BUCKHANON's first novel Upstate won an American Library Association Alex Award and was nominated for the Hurston/Wright Foundation Legacy Award in Debut Fiction. Terry McMillan selected her to receive the first Terry McMillan Young Author Award in 2006. A recipient of a 2001 Illinois Arts Council Artist Fellowship and an Andrew Mellon Fellow, Buckhanon frequently teaches writing and speaks throughout the country.

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Selected Titles At Your Library

Conception /
ISBN: 0312545142. OCLC Number: 172569104

St. Martin's Press,. .

Following in her single mother's footsteps when she becomes pregnant at the age of fifteen, Shivana believes that all black women fall into the same trap, until she meets Rasul, a teenager with problems of his own, with whom she forges a friendship.