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Kiana is a scholar-artist and Ph.D Candidate at the University of Pennsylvania. She is currently working to complete her graduate research which explores how 20th and 21st century Black women writers, such as Toni Morrison, Audre Lorde, Jaqueline Woodson, and Eve Ewing, speculatively narrate girlhood. Kiana has been accepted to the conference's creative track and will join the fiction workshop with Nafissa Thompson-Spires.
Her creative work, including short fiction and poetry, examines the effects of gentrification in Washington, D.C. on Black children’s imaginations and intergenerational healing between Black women. Kiana is currently working on a manuscript that explores representations of Black girls in comics and other alternative forms of visual media, which is forthcoming for publication
Kiana also serves as the co-organizer of the Black Cultural Studies collective, a Black studies working and reading group based in Philadelphia. She also works as an assistant curator for the Joanna Banks Collection at UPenn’s Kislak Center for Special Collections, Rare Books, and Manuscripts, which includes Black women’s fiction and poetry, periodicals, cookbooks, and children’s books.
This conference presents an exciting opportunity for Kiana to be in conversation with other scholars and artists exploring issues such as coming of age, Black intimacy, creative process, and Black visuality that are central to the works of James Baldwin.