Ta-Nehisi Coates is a former national correspondent for The Atlantic. He is the author of The Beautiful Struggle, We Were Eight Years in Power, The Water Dancer, and Between the World and Me, which won the National Book Award for nonfiction. Prior to his time at The Atlantic, Coates worked for publications such as The Village Voice and Time, and in 2015, he received a MacArthur fellowship. At The Atlantic, Coates was known for his reporting on politics and race, including his 2014 article “The Case for Reparations.”
He worked on his first novel, The Water Dancer, the story of a pre-Civil War era Virginia family, while at MacDowell.