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JJ Amaworo Wilson’s debut novel Damnificados has won the 2017 Zora Neale Hurston/Richard Wright Legacy Award for Debut Fiction. The award “honors the best in Black literature in the United States and around the globe.” Wilson visited Washington, D.C. in late October to accept the award, where he met Congressman John Lewis. Damnificados has also won the New Mexico-Arizona Fiction Award and the Independent Publishers Fiction Award.

Read more about the Hurston/Wright award and Wilson’s reflections on the experience here:

JJ Wilson accepts the Hurston/Wright award at a ceremony in Washington, D.C.
Photo courtesy of Kea Taylor Imagine Photography.

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