Connie Porter


Montante cultural center


Porter grew up in Lackawanna, the second youngest of eight siblings, and graduated from Buffalo City Honors High School. She earned an undergraduate degree from SUNY-Albany and an M.F.A. in creative writing from Louisiana State University. Following the publication of her critically acclaimed first novel, All-Bright Court, she was named a regional winner in Granta’s Best Young American Novelists competition. She is the author of a second novel, Imani All Mine, and the best-selling Addy books in the American Girls series. She has taught creative writing at Emerson College and Southern Illinois University at Carbondale, and currently lives in Virginia, where she is working on a novel set in the Hamlin Park neighborhood.