Taiwana Shambley

A Black transgender woman with disabilities, Taiwana Shambley (she/her) is an abolitionist fiction writer, teacher, and spoken word artist from Saint Paul living in South Minneapolis. She uses stories to imagine liberation for BIPOC youth in Minnesota, with special focus on abolition movements, black feminism, disability justice, and anti-capitalism. Her fiction has been recognized with grants from the Loft Literary Center, the Center for Urban and Regional Affairs, and the Metropolitan Regional Arts Council, and her teaching has earned her the 2022 PEN/Faulkner Teaching Fellowship. Her writing is published by the Minnesota Women’s Press, Belt Publishing, and the Academy of American Poets. She is currently at work on her debut novel, the first of a YA series, that explores the story of an angry and disabled girl who attempts to build an autonomous neighborhood and overthrow her mother, the first Black and first woman governor of Minnesota. You can find Taiwana’s writing and subscribe to updates on her novel at taiwanashambley.com.