Venita Blackburn, an instructor in the College of Integrative Sciences and Arts at Arizona State University, is the winner of the Prairie Schooner Book Prize in Short Fiction. Her manuscript is entitled Black Jesus and Other Superheroes.
Blackburn is a native of Compton, California. She holds a master of fine arts degree from Arizona State University.
C. Shawn McGuffey, an associate professor of sociology at Boston College, has been chosen to receive the 2016 Kimberle Crenshaw Outstanding Article Award from the Society for the Study of Social Problems. The award honors the author of the best article in the study of race or ethnicity over the past three years. Dr. McGuffey will be honored at the society’s annual meeting in Seattle for his article “Rape and Racial Appraisals: Culture, Intersectionality, and Black Women’s Accounts of Sexual Assault,” which was published in the Du Bois Review.
Dr. McGuffey is a graduate of Transylvania University in Lexington, Kentucky. He earned a Ph.D. in sociology at the University of Massachusetts at Amherst.