Training School for Negro Girls (Paperback)
"Acker navigates her characters' lives with humor, heart, and grace. I loved these stories." --Lisa Ko
This debut collection is a complicated love letter to Washington, DC, and to those who call it home: a TSA agent who's never flown, a girl braving new worlds to play piano, and a teacher caught up in a mayoral race. These characters navigate life's "training school"--with lessons on gentrification and respectability- and fight to create their own sense of space and self.
Camille Acker's writing has appeared in Hazlitt and VICE, among others. Raised in Washington, DC, she currently lives in Chicago.
About the Author
Camille Acker grew up in Washington, DC. She holds a BA in English from Howard University and an MFA in creative writing from New Mexico State University. Her writing has received support from the Norman Mailer Writers Colony, Callaloo Writers' Workshop, Voices of Our Nations Arts, Millay Colony for the Arts, and Djerassi Resident Artists Program, among others. She was a fiction coeditor for Dismantle: An Anthology from the VONA/Voices Workshop (Thread Makes Blanket Press 2014). In 2015, she helped co-found The Spinsters Union, a digital content site by and for women. She has worked for social justice non-profits and taught in a variety of educational spaces including Chicago Writers Studio and University of Illinois at Chicago. Her writing has appeared in or is forthcoming from Hazlitt, Splinter, VICE, DAME Magazine, Fandor, and NewCity, among others. She is currently a Visiting Assistant Professor in Fiction for the creative writing program at New Mexico State University.