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N.K. Jemisin (NC '94)

By Molly McClure

Mar 12, 2021

N.K. Jemisin is a New York Times bestselling science fiction author.

Author N.K. Jemisin graduated from Newcomb in 1994 and has worked as a counseling psychologist and educator, as well as a political blogger. In 2018, she became the first author to win three Best Novel Hugos in a row. She has also won a Nebula Award, two Locus Awards, and is a recipient of the MacArthur “Genius” Fellowship.

She is a member of the Altered Fluid writing group and was the Co-Guest of Honor of the 2014 WisCon science fiction convention as well as the Author Guest of Honor at Arisia 2015. She covered the New York Times Book Review science fiction column "Otherworldly" from 2016 to 2019. She received the Romantic Times Reviewers’ Choice Award for Best Fantasy Novel in 2010 and 2012, the Locus Award for Best First Novel in 2011, and for Best Fantasy in 2018, the Sense of Gender Award in 2011.

Jemisin became the first author to win the Hugo Award for Best Novel three years in a row in 2016, 2017, and 2018, for her Broken Earth trilogy. In 2019 she returned to campus as Newcomb Institute's Zale-Kimmerling writer-in-residence.