Sharifa Rhodes-Pitts

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Sharifa Rhodes-Pitts is an American writer and historian.[1]


Rhodes-Pitts is from Houston, Texas, graduated from Harvard and was a Fulbright Scholar in the United Kingdom.[1]

Her work has appeared in The New York Times, Harper's, Vogue, and Essence among other publications.[1]

She won a Rona Jaffe Foundation Writers' Award for non-fiction in 2006,[2] and has received awards from the Lannan Foundation, and the New York Foundation for the Arts. She won a 2012 Whiting Award.

Harlem Is Nowhere[edit]

Her 2011 book, Harlem Is Nowhere, is the first part of a planned trilogy on African Americans and utopia.[1] The following books in the trilogy will concern Haiti and the Black belt region of the Southern United States.[3] Harlem Is Nowhere was named among 100 Notable Books of 2011 by The New York Times Book Review and nominated for a National Book Critics Circle Award.[1] Harlem Is Nowhere developed from Lenox Terminal, a 2004 essay Rhodes-Pitts wrote for Transition magazine. It was shortlisted for the 2012 Dolman Best Travel Book Award.



  1. ^ a b c d e "Sharifa Rhodes-Pitts - about". Archived from the original on July 15, 2012. Retrieved August 14, 2012. Cite uses deprecated parameter |deadurl= (help)
  2. ^ "Rona Jaffe Foundation Past recipients". Rona Jaffe Foundation. Retrieved August 14, 2012.
  3. ^ Jedrzejczak, Antonina (January 25, 2011). "Q&A with Sharifa Rhodes-Pitts". Vogue. Retrieved August 14, 2012.

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