Kalisha Buckhanon

Kalisha’s debut novel Upstate is the classic American Library Association Alex Award-winning and National Book Foundation-honored story of Antonio and Natasha, two Harlem youth in love but torn apart by America’s criminal justice system. The book is a favorite of English teachers, literacy groups and school librarians as part of the New York Public Library’s “Best Books for Teens” list. Her recent adult novels include the acclaimed Running to Fall and Speaking of Summer, which were praised in media such as Essence and TIME. Kalisha has visited numerous high schools, colleges and libraries nationwide to speak to young people about the importance of education, community values and following their dreams. She is a frequent panelist for publishing industry conferences such as ALA. She has done commentary on true crime cases for BET, TV-One and ID Channel. In addition to inspiring students and creatives, Kalisha loves to visit women’s groups and societies to discuss the themes of her novels, which include: Black women’s triumphs, women’s rights in America, spiritual health, self-care, healthy living, and finding your passion. Kalisha has English degrees from University of Chicago and an M.F.A. from The New School in New York City. She travels from Chicago.
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Creative Writing
Women’s Studies
Health & Wellness
“At the root of my work is concern for all the lost voices we’re not hearing.” -Kalisha Buckhanon
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Upstate Teacher’s Guide