Camille Acker

Lance Cleland

Camille Acker is the author of the critically acclaimed short story collection Training School for Negro Girls. She grew up in Washington, D.C., and holds a B.A. in English from Howard University and an M.F.A in Creative Writing from New Mexico State University. Her writing has received support from the Djerassi Resident Artists Program, Voices of Our Nations Arts, and the Millay Colony for the Arts and has appeared n The New York Times Book Review, Publishers Weekly, and Electric Literature, among other publications. In 2020, she was a recipient of a Fulbright Scholarship and in 2022, she was named a Fellow by the Pew Center for Arts & Heritage. She lives in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.

Project Description:  A Very Special Episode is about a young Black socialite and president of an elite philanthropical organization who is on the brink of realizing her professional dreams until she discovers a strange and secret housing facility tailored to a very specific vision of the past—the set of her favorite 1990s sitcom.