Namwali Serpell is a Zambian American writer and associate professor of English at UC Berkeley. Her short story, The Sack, won the 2015 Caine Prize for African writing.
In 2014, she was chosen as one of the most promising African writers in the Africa39 anthology, a project of the Hay festival. She received a Rona Jaffe Foundation Writers Award in 2011.
Her first published short story, Muzungu, was selected for the Best American Short Stories 2009 and shortlisted for the 2010 Caine Prize for African Writing. Her first book of literary criticism, Seven Modes of Uncertainty, was published by Harvard University Press in 2014. Her first novel, The Old Drift, will be published by Hogarth (Penguin Random House) in 2019.