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magfall07_pic8_2Best African American Essays—a collection of previously published essays by 30 well-known and up-and-coming writers—features the work of Milton alumna Lori Cullen ’87. The new collection, released this week, is “the first-ever annual anthology of writing solely by African Americans,” according to Bantam Books. “Here are remarkable essays on a variety of subjects informed by—but not necessarily about—the experience of blackness as seen through the eyes of some of our finest writers.”  Lori’s essay, “Jamaica Girl,” was selected for the publication along with the works of Malcolm Gladwell, Jamaica Kincaid, James McBride, Walter Mosley and President-elect Barack Obama.

Apart from her success as a writer, Lori founded The Writing Center for the Greater Capital Region, an organization that works to strengthen children’s writing skills and give its members a taste of real-world journalism.