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Alexs D. Pate

Alexs D. Pate, is an Associate Professor of African-American and African studies at the University of Minnesota. He teaches courses on fiction writing, English, and literature, and is most proud of his Poetry of Rap class. His essays and commentary have appeared in the Utne Reader, The Washington Post, The Minneapolis Star Tribune, and USA Weekend. His fiction and poetry have appeared in The Butterfly Tree, Indigene, Artpaper, and The North Stone Review. Also an avid performance artist, Pate lives in Minneapolis, Minnesota

Pate’s debut novel Losing Absalom received a Minnesota Book Award and was named Best First Novel by the Black Caucus of the American Library Association. Other novels include the New York Times best-seller Amistad: The Novel, Finding Makeba, The Multicultiboho Sideshow, winner of a 2000 Minnesota Book Award, and, most recently, West of Rehoboth.

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