Who Is Brooke Obie?

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Brooke C. Obie, JD, MFA

Brooke C. Obie, JD, MFA, is the award-winning author of the novel BOOK OF ADDIS: CRADLED EMBERS, which won the 2017 Phillis Wheatley Book Award for First Fiction and the 2017 Black Caucus of the American Library Association Award for Self-Published Fiction. She’s the senior digital editor for a faith-based publication and was the first Editor-at-Large for EBONY.com where she wrote the column, “The Spiritual Life.” Brooke is also the creator of the two-time Black Weblog Award-winning blog DistrictDiva.com, named one of Essence Magazine’s “Best Online Sites“.

Brooke has interviewed legends Oprah Winfrey, Dr. Maya Angelou, Denzel Washington, Aretha Franklin, Phylicia Rashad, Patti LaBelle and Cissy Houston. She’s also interviewed White House Officials, U.S. Senator Cory Booker and U.S. Congresswoman Donna Edwards, as well as literary greats Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie and Roxane Gay, Academy Award winners Lupita Nyong’o and Jennifer Hudson and celebrities Misty Copeland, Taraji P. Henson, Alicia Keys, India.Arie, Kirk Franklin, Gabby Douglas, Courtney B. Vance and more. She’s covered the 2012 presidential election and the 50th Anniversary of the March on Washington for EBONY.com, as well as many seasons of Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week.

Brooke is a graduate of Hampton University, summa cum laude and Mercer University School of Law where she was the Eleventh Circuit Survey Editor of the Mercer Law Review. While there, she worked on the legal defense “dream team” of rapper T.I. for the high-profile case,U.S. v. Harris. Brooke also received her MFA in Creative Writing at The New School, was a 2014 finalist for the Fulbright Fellowship in Creative Writing for her novel proposal which became BOOK OF ADDIS: CRADLED EMBERS(For the People Press, 2016)

She has attended Columbia University’s creative writing workshop in Paris, France and the Callaloo Journal of African Arts and Letters’ Creative Writing Workshop at Oxford University, Oxford, England, where she began work on the BOOK OF ADDIS sequel: BOOK OF ADDIS: BURNING PLAINS. 

Brooke has a certificate in advanced legal research, writing and drafting. Her writing has appeared in Ebony, The Root, Teen Vogue, NBC BLK, Marie Claire, The Los Angeles Review of Books and more. Before becoming editor-at-large for EBONY.com, she served as a contributing editor for the site and its interim News & Lifestyle editor in spring 2013.