Priyanka Kumar

Priyanka Kumar is a recipient of an Alfred P. Sloan Foundation Award, New Mexico/New Visions Governor’s Award, Canada Council for the Arts Grant, Ontario Arts Council Literary Award, and an Academy of Motion Pictures Arts and Sciences Fellowship. Her debut novel, the critically acclaimed Take Wing and Fly Here, was published in 2013. She wrote, directed, and produced the feature documentary The Song of the Little Road starring Martin Scorsese and Peter Rainer, which is now in the permanent collection of the Academy of Motion Pictures Arts and Sciences. Her essays and criticism have appeared or are forthcoming in publications including The Washington Post and The Huffington Post.


In Search of Strong Women

Priyanka Kumar considers Manal al-Sharif's "Daring to Drive" and Omar Saif Ghobash's "Letters to a Young Muslim."...

Turn Left or Get Shot

Priyanka Kumar on Elizabeth Hinton's "From the War on Poverty to the War on Crime."...

Are We Done Punishing Black Men?

After Michelle Alexander’s measured assessment of mass incarceration in "The New Jim Crow," it is no longer possible to look the other way....

Chasing Particles Is Fun

"A Singularly Unfeminine Profession" is more a blueprint for a fabulous book than a fully realized one, but it sparks discussion....

Who’s That Man?

Wil Haygood gives a dramatic account of Thurgood Marshall's nomination to the Supreme Court in his book "Showdown."...

Murder, They Wrote

How can you get your head around 297 homicides in Los Angeles in 2011, with pitifully low clearance rates for black-on-black murders?...

All the Broken People

Bryan Stevenson wants more justice, more mercy, and more hope for all of them....



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Open to any author writing in English about the Chicanx/Latinx experience, the Rivera Book Prize is committed to the discovery and fostering of extraordinary writing by a first-time or early career author whose work examines the long and varied contributions of Chicanx/Latinx in the US. The Rivera Book Prize aims to provide a platform that showcases the emerging literary talent of the Chicanx/Latinx community, to cultivate the next generation of Chicanx/Latinx writers, and to continue the rich literary memory of Tomás Rivera, Chicano author, poet, activist, and educator.

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