Tameka Cage Conley

Tameka Cage Conley, PhD, is a literary artist who writes fiction, poetry, plays, essays, and librettos. She is a graduate of the Iowa Writers’ Workshop, where she was a recipient of the Truman Capote Fellowship and a Graduate Fellowship. Her work has appeared in PloughsharesCallalooAfrican American Review, and is forthcoming in the Virginia Quarterly Review. She has received scholarships and fellowships from the Cave Canem Foundation, the Vermont Studio Center, the Virginia Center for the Creative Arts, and the Squaw Valley Community of Writers. Her libretto, RISE, premiered at the AME Metropolitan Church in Washington, D.C., in 2015, and she  read parts of the libretto dedicated to Congressman John Lewis, to the congressman in his office on Capitol Hill later that year. She currently holds the Provost Postgraduate Visiting Writer Fellowship in Fiction and is a Visiting Assistant Professor in the Department of English at the University of Iowa, where she teaches courses in advanced fiction writing. She is at work on her first novel which chronicles the untimely, racist deaths of African-American men in Shreveport, Louisiana over six decades.