Emily Raboteau is known for writing about race, identity, and social justice. She is author of the novel The Professor’s Daughter (Henry Holt, 2005) and the creative nonfiction work Searching for Zion: The Quest for Home in the African Diaspora (Grove/Atlantic, 2013), a finalist for the Hurston Wright Legacy Award and winner of a 2014 American Book Award.
Her fiction and essays have been widely published and anthologized in Best American Short Stories, The New York Times, The New Yorker, Tin House, McSweeney’s, Freeman’s, The Guardian, The Believer, Salon, and elsewhere. Honors include a Pushcart Prize, the Chicago Tribune’s Nelson Algren Award, and fellowships from the NEA, NYFA, the Lannan Foundation and MacDowell. An avid world traveler, Raboteau resides in NYC and teaches creative writing in Harlem at City College, once known as “the poor man’s Harvard.” She is at work completing her next novel, about the intersecting lives of the residents of a building in upper Manhattan, as told through the eyes of its superintendent.