Maaza Mengiste, Your New Literary Idol

Maaza MengistePhoto: Stuart O'Sullivan

Voting is over in our totally tacky Lit Idol contest, and we have a winner! With a whopping 38 percent of the vote, Maaza Mengiste of NYU is the favorite of our readers. We linked to Mengiste's wonderful memoir last week for our Weekend Read, and you can likely see more of her work soon: She's the only one of our contestants who already has representation. (Though not for long! We hear that several of the other featured writers have been contacted by agents already.)

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Earlier: Does Maaza Mengiste Deserve to Be Your Literary Idol?