Camille Acker was raised in Washington, DC.

She holds a B.A. in English from Howard University and an M.F.A. in Creative Writing from New Mexico State University. Her work has been supported by workshops and residencies at the Djerassi Resident Artists Program, Millay Colony for the Arts, Voices of Our Nations Arts (VONA), the Norman Mailer Writers Colony, and Callaloo Writers Workshop. She co-edited Dismantle: An Anthology from the VONA/Voices Workshop and co-founded the website for and about single women, The Spinsters Union. Her work has appeared in The New York Times Book Review, Electric Literature, Publishers Weekly, LitHub, VICE, and DAME Magazine, among others.

She is currently a Visiting Assistant Professor in the Creative Writing program at New Mexico State University. Her short story collection, Training School for Negro Girls, is out now from The Feminist Press.


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