The Composite Mind


The Composite Mind: Maaza Mengiste

Season 1, Ep. 6

Our guest for episode six is novelist and essayist Maaza Mengiste.

She is the author of the novel, The Shadow King, which was shortlisted for the 2020 Booker Prize, and was a 2020 LA Times Book Prize Fiction finalist. It was named best book of the year by, amongst others, the New York Times, NPR, ElleTime.

She is the recipient of an American Academy of Arts and Letters Award in Literature, the Premio il ponte, and fellowships from the Fulbright Scholar Program, the National Endowment for the Arts, and Creative Capital. Her work can be found in The New Yorker, The New York Review of Books, Granta, The Guardian, The New York Times, Rolling Stone, and BBC, among other places.

Our chat includes Maaza's creative process, discoveries along the way of a ten year writing journey and how hard it is to choose a Chet Baker track for the guest curated playlist.

For more information on Maaza Mengiste head over to her website

Further information can be found at including the guest inspired Sportify playlist and how you can support the podcast and its future production.

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