Black Alumni Authors


The New School Alumni Bookshelf collects publications by New School alumni that exemplify the diversity, creativity, and resilience of our community. In honor of Black History Month, we’re showcasing black alumni writers from this year’s Bookshelf who are transforming the world with their groundbreaking work and amplifying the important stories and ideas of our time in a range of genres.

Lorisa Bates SPE ‘99

Benita Renee Jenkins 2: Boxing Rings and Cages

Safia Elhillo SPE ‘15

Home is Not a Country

Kristina Forest SPE ‘16

Zyla & Kai

Cynthia Manick SPE ‘07

The Future of Black

Janae Marks Lang ‘10

A Soft Place to Land



New School Alumni

Celebrating the New School alumni community, a vibrant network of creative, progressive thinkers working in the arts, politics, design, education, and more.