Dennis Norris II is a freelance writer and editor who grew up in Cleveland Heights, OH, and has worked for several youth-centered New York City-based non-profits. They graduated from Haverford College with a BA in English, concentrating in African-American studies, and completed an MFA in fiction from the Graduate Writing Program at Sarah Lawrence College. Their writing has been supported by The MacDowell Colony, Tin House, and the Kimbilio Center for African American Fiction, and their work appears in SmokeLong Quarterly, Apogee Journal, and ZORA. Forthcoming fiction will appear in McSweeney’s, and American Short Fiction, and forthcoming nonfiction will appear in The Cut. They currently serve as senior fiction editor for The Rumpus and co-host of the critically acclaimed podcast Food 4 Thot.
Dennis’s college essay was about coming out of the closet at 15 as the son of a nationally prominent Baptist minister while attending a conversative, elite, all-boys, college preparatory school in Hunting Valley, OH.