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About


 

 

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Washington D.C. native Morowa Yejidé’s novel Time of the Locust was a finalist for the PEN/Bellwether Prize, longlisted for the PEN/Bingham award, and a NAACP Image Award Nominee for Outstanding Literary Work. Her short stories have appeared in the Adirondack Review, the Istanbul Review, and others.  Her short story "Tokyo Chocolate" was nominated for a Pushcart Prize, anthologized by Britain's best of the Willesden Herald, and praised by the Japan Times. She received her MFA from Wilkes University and is currently a PEN/Faulkner Writers in Schools author. She lives in the D.C. area with her husband and three sons.

Photo by Sarah Fillman

 
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Works


 

 

Works


 

 

Works

Time of the Locust is PEN/Bingham Award FINAlist

"Yejidé is poised to make her mark with a novel that might be described as one of family connection—but encompasses so much more... When that father, Horus, develops supernatural abilities and connects with his son, strange and powerful things happen, but the focus is less on fantasy than on the fantastic power of love to bind and protect us."  

—Washingtonian Magazine

"At times almost mystical in its intensity, Yejidé’s prose brings lyricism to her dark subject matter and unhappy characters, eventually introducing a kind of magical restoration to her shattered fictional family." 

— Kirkus Reviews

On Character and Social Issues

Videographer: Chris Bryant

"Beautiful prose conveys the sadness and fractured selves of these characters, who are both strong and fragile. The depth of pain can make for difficult reading, but the rendering of Sephiri’s interior life, in particular, is arresting, and the novel is challenging and memorable." 

Publishers Weekly

Time of the Locust is NAACP Image Award FINALIST Outstanding Literary Work

Time of the Locust "deftly brings together the fantastic and the realistic, and it touches on a variety of issues, from politics, race and murder to disability, domestic tragedy and myth. Though just 242 pages long, it sweeps from Depression-era Louisiana, to New York in the ’60s, to Washington in the mid-’90s…the story is strong and original, and even the minor characters come alive...I was that mother once: terrified inside a weary body, unable to explain my missing husband or my feral son. The car, the mystery, the rift — I know them, they’re real. But Yejidé spins them with gold and possibility in this dark and fantastical tale.”

—Washington Post

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"A superb debut work of magic realism and finalist for the Pen/Bellwether Prize for socially engaged fiction, this is the book for you, your friends and your book club." 

— Ebony Magazine

 

Time of the locust is Nantucket BOOK FESTIVAL pen/Faulkner writers in schools pick

Nantucket, Massachusetts: "We tracked various topics throughout the novel, including racial tension, autism, solitary confinement, communication, isolation, hope, the power of love and dualities. We also looked at the writer's craft and the genre of magical realism. We also celebrated World Autism Day and 'lit it up BLUE', in addition to hearing first-hand accounts from families who live with autism in their lives." Additionally, Ms. Reinemo noted that "we also had a former corrections officer come in to class and speak about 'life on the inside'." 

Excerpt from "Ocean of Imagination" by Mary Haft, Mahon About Town, May 2016

"There are characters who hook you from the second you meet them on the page. Sephiri, the autistic boy at the heart of Time of the Locust is one of them. In this moving debut, author Morowa Yejidé  creates a protagonist who finds comfort in an imaginary world filled with sea creatures that help him cope with the "real world."

— Essence Magazine

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PEN/Faulkner Writers in Schools


 

 

PEN/Faulkner Writers in Schools


 

 

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Morowa Yejide's novel Time of the Locust is currently assigned reading in several honors and advanced placement English and literature classes in high schools. Administered by the PEN/Faulkner Foundation, Writers in Schools is a literary arts program dedicated to developing the next generation of readers.

Since 1989, Writers in Schools has been bringing authors into public and public charter high schools to meet with students. PEN/Faulkner provides free copies of authors’ books to students and free curricular materials to instructors. Morowa Yejide currently visits classes to discuss the magic and importance of writing in all its forms with students.

 

 
 
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Speaking Events


Speaking Events


Speaking Events

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march 22, 2017

PEN/Faulkner Writers in Schools

Eastern High School

Washington D.C.

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April 8, 2017

Young Writers Celebration

Howard University

Blackburn Center

11am

FALL 2017

Washington Confidential

Lecture

Georgetown University

Washington D.C.

 

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April 28-29, 2017

Books Alive! 5th Annual Washington Writers Conference

Washington Independent Review of Books

Panel: "Illness and Disability as a Device in Literature"

With: Marita Golden and Mary Kay Zuravleff

 College Park Marriott Hotel & Conference Center, College Park, MD

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I’m an explorer of the wonders of human behavior. If the world was comprised of windows with signs that read Who, What, Where, When, and Why, I would look through the windows of Why. . .

 

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I’m an explorer of the wonders of human behavior. If the world was comprised of windows with signs that read Who, What, Where, When, and Why, I would look through the windows of Why. . .

 

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Contact

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Photographer: Sarah Fillman