Namwali Serpell

Namwali Serpell is a Zambian writer and professor of English at Harvard. She is the author of a book of literary criticism called Seven Modes of Uncertainty, a novel called The Old Drift, and an essay collection called Stranger Faces.
Installation of found hand mirrors arranged in an oval on a wall.
Essays

Race Off

The fantasy of race transformation
Namwali Serpell
September 27, 2021
The activist Gloria Richardson walking past National Guardsmen during a civil rights march in Cambridge
Essays

Unbothered

The grace of black nonchalance
Namwali Serpell
December 1, 2020
Photo of Namwali Serpell on left; photo of Maria Tumarkin on right
Conversations

The Limits of Empathy

Two writers on the ethics of pen and paper
Namwali Serpell,
Maria Tumarkin
December 1, 2020