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Ta-Nehisi Coates

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Ta-Nehisi Coates is a distinguished writer-in-residence at NYU's Arthur L. Carter Journalism Institute. He is the author of the bestselling books The Beautiful Struggle; We Were Eight Years in Power, winner of the Dayton Literary Peace Prize in Nonfiction; and Between the World and Me, which won the 2015 National Book Award, was a finalist for the 2016 Pulitzer Prize for General Nonfiction, and was ranked 7th on the Guardian's list of the 100 best books of the 21st century. His first novel, The Water Dancer, was released in 2019.

Coates gained notoriety as an editor for the Atlantic where he wrote about culture, politics, and social issues. He is also a former writer for the Village Voice and a contributor to Time, O, and the New York Times Magazine.

Formerly the Martin Luther King Visiting Associate Professor at Massachusetts Institute of Technology where he taught writing and journalism, Coates is a recipient of a MacArthur Fellowship and is also the current author of the Marvel comics The Black Panther and Captain America.