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Dionne Ford

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Dionne Ford is author of the memoir Go Back and Get It and co-editor of the anthology Slavery’s Descendants: Shared Legacies of Race and Reconciliation. A National Endowment for the Arts Creative Writing Fellow, Dionne has also received grants from the Sustainable Arts Foundation and the Geraldine R. Dodge foundation and fellowships from MacDowell, Yaddo, Virginia Center for the Creative Arts, Hedgebrook and The Cabins at MarthaMOCA.

Her work has appeared in The New York Times, The Virginia Quarterly Review, LitHub, New Jersey Monthly, Rumpus and Ebony and won awards from the National Association of Black Journalists and the Newswomen’s Club of New York. Most recently, she contributed to the New York Times anthology, Overlooked: A Celebration of Remarkable, Underappreciated People Who Broke the Rules and Changed the World. Dionne lives in New Jersey and teaches creative writing at Drew University and Fordham University.

Interview: NPR All Things Considered
Praise/Reviews: Chicago Review of books

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After her constructive criticism and encouragement, I learned how to really hone in on my voice as a writer and, with her help, I’ve improved immensely. Dionne Ford is a true mentor. — Lucia Stephenson, Fordham University, College at Rose Hill, Class of 2024

Dionne has a true gift when it comes to communicating with writers about their work. Her comments and suggestions were very insightful, helping me to dig deeper into my piece to clarify and bring out the strongest material. But almost more amazing is her ‘how’, she has a way of delivering notes that inspires, a rare talent to inspire and shape at the same time. — Orlagh Cassidy, author of It’s in the Play


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Go Back and Get It, by author Dionne Ford, Tutor at Atelier Clos Mirabel, France.
Quote Joyce Carol Oates, Go Back and Get It, by author Dionne Ford, Tutor at Atelier Clos Mirabel, France.
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