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Ayize Jama-Everett

Genre Fiction Faculty


MFA, University of California, Riverside, Creative Writing, 2018
M.A New College of California, Clinical Psychology, 2003
M.Div, Starr King School for the Ministry, Divinity, 2001


How did you discover Western?

A great colleague told me about the amazing time she was having teaching here. I had to see if there was a space for me.

What are some of the highlights of your career?

Getting published! Self-publishing my first novel! Getting to meet Levar Burton! Having a labor of love optioned by a major studio. Having an excuse to get away from everyone and sit in silence to read and write.

What most excites you about your field?

The complete and total lack of boundaries. It’s both daunting and exhilarating!

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