Kalisha Buckhanon


Kalisha Buckhanon is the author of novels CONCEPTION and UPSTATE. Her writing awards include an American Library Association Alex Award, Friends of American Writers Award and Illinois Arts Council Fellowship in Prose.

She is a member of Phi Beta Kappa academic honor society and Sisters in Crime organization of writers, with appearances for the group as an on-air commentator on Investigation Discovery Channel’s “Deadly Affairs.” She has worked in the Chicago theatre community as a new play developer, staged reader, dramaturg, and drama course assistant at such venues as University of Chicago and eta Creative Arts Foundation.

Kalisha has an M.F.A in Creative Writing from The New School in New York City, and a B.A. and M.A. in English Language and Literature both from University of Chicago.