Dolen is the author of the New York Times bestselling novel Wench. *USA Today* called the book "deeply moving" and "beautifully written." *People* called it "a devastatingly beautiful account of a cruel past." *O, The Oprah Magazine* chose it as a Top Ten Pick of the Month, and NPR named it a top 5 book club pick of 2010.
Dolen wrote the introduction to an edition of Solomon Northup's Twelve Years a Slave that was a New York Times bestseller.
Dolen's fiction has appeared in The Kenyon Review, StoryQuarterly, StorySouth, and elsewhere. In 2011, she was a finalist for two NAACP Image Awards and the Hurston-Wright Legacy Award for fiction. She was also awarded the First Novelist Award by the Black Caucus of the American Library Association. Dolen received a DC Commission on the Arts Grant for her forthcoming second novel BALM.
Dolen teaches in the Stonecoast MFA program in Maine and is a popular guest for Black History and Women's Month programs. A graduate of Harvard and a former University of California President’s Postdoctoral Fellow at UCLA, Dolen lives in Washington, DC with her family.
Two-time NAACP Image Award Nominee
First Novelist Award, Black Caucus of American Library Association
DC Commission on the Arts Grant
Finalist, Hurston Wright Legacy Award for Fiction
Finalist, Robert Olen Butler Prize for Short Fiction