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Maaza’s work has appeared in The New Yorker, The New York Times, The Guardian, BBC Radio, The Granta Anthology of the African Short Story, and Lettre International.
According to the press release is “a powerful dispatch from the individual lives behind current headlines, with proceeds to support the International Rescue Committee (IRC), brings together writers originally from Mexico, Bosnia, Iran, Afghanistan, Soviet Ukraine, Hungary, Chile, Ethiopia, and others to make their stories heard.” The announcement describes the contributing writers as being “formidable in their own right — Mac Arthur Genius grant recipients, National Book Award and National Book Critics Circle Award finalists, filmmakers, speakers, lawyers, professors, and New Yorker contributors —- and they are all refugees, many as children arriving in London and Toronto, Oklahoma and Minnesota, South Africa and Germany.
Ethiopian-American writer Maaza Mengiste is the author of Beneath the Lion's Gaze and winner of the 2018 NEA Fellowship.
Maaza is also a contributor in the newly released collection of essays edited by the Pulitzer-winning novelist Viet Thanh Nguyen -- himself a Vietnamese refugee to America.
Maaza is also the “writer for the Ethiopia segment of GIRL RISING,” a feature film that tells the stories of 10 extraordinary girls from 10 developing countries around the world.I have never heard such a sincere, poetic and soulful blend of American and Ethiopian music.Reviewers have compared Meklit’s voice to that of the legendary singer Nina Simone.As you may notice, there are many other great stories that are not noted here. She is not only one of the most admired American female artists, but also the most high-priced Ethiopian born artists of all time.Her work ‘Untitled 1’ sold for $US1,0022,500 at Sotheby’s in 2010.