Danzy Senna is a novelist and essayist. Her work deals with issues of identity, motherhood, gender, and race. Her mother is the poet and novelist Fanny Howe. Her father, Carl Senna, a scholar-author of The Black Press and the Struggle for Civil Rights and The Fallacy of I.Q. Senna earned her B.A. from Stanford University and MFA in creative writing from the University of California, Irvine, where she received several creative writing awards.