M. Bunch Washington's daughter Elizabeth is an award-winning author, educator and curator whose work explores the arts emerging from the African diaspora. She is a graduate of Hofstra University and holds an MFA in Creative Writing from George Mason University.
In the past few years Elizabeth has been the Rona Jaffe Fellow at Hedgebook and the Barbara Smith Writer-in-Residence at Twelve Literary Arts. She was awarded the Calderwood Grant for Longform Journalism at MacDowell, and has been a Finalist for the Creative Capital Award, the Jeff Baskin Oxford American Writers Fellowship and the Mary C. Mohr Award for nonfiction.
In 2022 one of Elizabeth's short stories was nominated for an O. Henry Prize, and her essays have appeared in Callaloo, Southern Indiana Review, Surface Design Journal, Torch Literary Arts, the Journal of Baha'i Studies, and other publications. In 2023 she was a Finalist for the Andy Warhol Arts Writers Grant and a nominee for the Ann Snitow Prize.
Her first book, "Sleeping in the Fire: Reclaiming the Lost Legacy of Seminal Black Visual Artists in America," is forthcoming. The project also includes a traveling exhibition and a documentary film.
Elizabeth lives with her husband and two children in the Pittsburgh area.
Jesse Washington is an award-winning author, filmmaker and journalist for ESPN’s Andscape (formerly the Undefeated), a platform that covers the intersections of race, sports, and culture.