Boston Review is proud to name Nia T. Evans and Nate File its inaugural fellows for Black Voices in the Public Sphere, a fellowship initiative designed to prepare and support the next generation of Black journalists, editors, and publishers.

Recognizing aspiring Black media professionals who demonstrate an interest in exploring the publishing world and a commitment to enlarging the landscape of ideas in the media, this program provides fellows with training, mentorship, networking opportunities, and career development workshops. With the guidance of Boston Review editors and professional mentors, fellows will also develop projects to be published online or in print. This work is supported by an advisory board that includes Danielle Allen, Ann Marie Lipinski, Keeanga-Yamahtta Taylor, and Brandon Terry.

The Black Voices in the Public Sphere Fellowship is being funded with the generous support of Derek Schrier, chair of Boston Review’s board of advisors, the Ford Foundation, and the Carnegie Corporation of New York. But we still have $50,000 left to raise to fully fund this program for the next two years. To help reach that goal, visit our fundraising page and contribute to our campaign fund through August 31 and your tax-deductible donation will be matched dollar for dollar, up to $25,000—so please act now to double your impact. You can also donate directly on this page by scrolling below.

Please join us in welcoming the 2021-2022 Black Voices in the Public Sphere Fellows:

Nia T. Evans, a writer and organizer working to end state violence against Black women and girls, will examine the relationship between policing and social services. In an era defined by calls for “care not cops,” Nia’s work will investigate the ways in which American institutions committed to care, specifically education, healthcare, and nonprofits, function as extensions of the police state. Nia holds a master’s degree from the Harvard Graduate School of Education. Her writing has been published in Slate, The Hill, Education Post and her research has been featured by NPR, The New York Times, Vox, The Washington Post, and USA Today.

Nate File joins Boston Review with an interest in investigating Black people’s efforts to pursue freedom outside of the constraints of mainstream white society and to consider how modern instances of marronage are growing, succeeding, and failing around the country. Nate received his BA from Yale University and MFA from New York University’s Arthur L. Carter Journalism Institute, where he wrote a thesis on Philadelphia’s housing crisis and the city’s ineffective attempts to provide for homeless and low-income households.