Dani McClain, Writer-in-Residence

Dani McClain, Writer-in-Residence

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After COVID-19 threw a wrench in literary plans, the Cincinnati Public Library is bringing back its Writer-in-Residence for a second year.

The Cincinnati Library Foundation’s Writer-in-Residence is bringing back Dani McClain for a second year. 

“Due to COVID-19 limiting the type of programs we could do with Dani, as well as the importance of  understanding journalism and nonfiction writing, the Library Foundation is pleased that we can present Dani for  a second year as the Writer-in-Residence,” says Staci Dennison, the Thomas W. Jones Executive Director of The Library Foundation. 

In addition to serving in her Writer-in-Residence position, McClain is also continuing work as the library’s literary ambassador to the community by hosting the library’s monthly “Inside the Writer’s Head” podcast, writing blog posts, holding office hours, and leading writing workshops. 

McClain is hosting a virtual introduction to reporting workshop in March as well as a variety of other virtual events to maintain safety during COVID-19. For a  calendar of her upcoming events, go to cinlib.org/WIR2021.

The idea for McClain to host a virtual introduction to reporting workshop arose from her experience as a reporter. She has been featured in Time, Slate, and Ebony.com, and is a contributing writer for The Nation magazine and a fellow at the Type Media Center in New York, where her work focuses on reproductive health, race, and activism. 

McClain is the author of numerous pieces including “We Live for the We: The Political Power of Black Motherhood,” which was shortlisted in 2020 for a Hurston/Wright Legacy Award, and contributed chapters to “Killing Trayvons: An Anthology of American Violence” and “Octavia’s Brood: Science Fiction Stories from Social Justice Movements.” 

You can read McClain’s blog posts on CincinnatiLibrary.org/blogs/ and listen to Inside the Writer’s Head podcast on Spotify at cinlib.org/InsideWritersHead.