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Writing fiction and fantasy interwoven with African diasporic experiences.
A lover of fiction and fantasy from a young age, Christine Platt enjoys writing stories interwoven with African diasporic experiences. She holds a B.A. in Africana Studies from the University of South Florida, M.A. in African and African American Studies from The Ohio State University, and J.D. from Stetson University College of Law. Christine believes that historical fiction can play a critical role in education, particularly when teaching the history of the transatlantic slave trade and its lasting implications on race relations in America. She currently serves as the Managing Director of The Antiracist Research and Policy Center at American University.
Christine Platt is a proud native of West Palm Beach, Florida. Christine developed her love for reading at a young age. Her mother says she could read before she could walk (but Christine knows that’s impossible). A lover of fiction and fantasy, Christine enjoys writing stories interwoven with African diasporic experiences. She holds a Bachelor of Arts in Africana Studies from the University of South Florida and Master of Arts in African Studies from The Ohio State University. She also received her Juris Doctor from Stetson University College of Law and enjoyed working as a Senior Policy Advisor at the US Department of Energy before returning to her love for storytelling.
“I have always enjoyed storytelling, especially narratives told through the voices of the African diaspora. Their influences are so diverse, so vast. I love incorporating elements of fiction and fantasy into their realities.”
Christine’s debut novel, The Truth About About Awiti, was published through her indie press, Field Order Press, in March 2015. The Truth About Awiti won the 2016 Independent Publisher Book Awards Gold Medal for Multicultural Fiction and was named a ForewardReviews 2015 INDIEFAB Book of the Year Finalist. Dear Ancestors, a short poetry collection, was released in September 2016. Christine recently acquired representation by Emily Sylvan Kim of Prospect Agency. Follow her on Twitter and Instagram @christineaplatt.
Christine’s work is drawn from the inspiration of many, particularly Octavia Butler. She is a proud member of Hedgebrook’s Cedar Deep Circle, the Association of Black Women Historians, and the Association for the Study of African American Life and History. Additionally, she is an Ambassador for Smithsonian’s National Museum of African American History and Culture. Currently, Christine serves as the Managing Director for American University’s Antiracist Research and Policy Center.
MEDIA & PRESS COVERAGE
2018 Girl Up Summit – Activism & Allyship for Antiracism
hey, girl: the podcast – Episode 7: Christine Platt on Writing
Beyond Classically Beautiful – Christine Platt Talks Her Brilliant New Book Of Poetry And How She Stays Focused On Her Craft
#ASKAUTHOR: 5 Questions With Christine Platt
Foreward Reviews’ Book of the Year Award Winners Announced – Awiti Wins Honorable Mention
Independent Publisher – Awiti Wins IPPY Gold Medal for Multicultural Fiction
Hedgebrook Farmhouse Table Blog – Reflection
Foreward Reviews’ 2015 INDIEFAB Book of the Year Finalists – The Truth About Awiti
In Her Shoes Blog – The Next Generation of Black Women Writers
Huffington Post – 25 Books By Black Authors You Need To Read
San Francisco Book Review – The Truth About Awiti
Readers’ Favorite – The Truth About Awiti Review
Stetson University – Stetson University in the News
TheGrio – Honoring Black Writers
ArtSanctuary – The Truth About Awiti
In Her Shoes Blog – Getting It Write
Mikhaeyla Kopievsky – The Quick Six