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Patrice Caldwell

Patrice Caldwell

Patrice Caldwell is a graduate of Wellesley College and the founder & fundraising chair of People of Color in Publishing–a grassroots organization dedicated to supporting, empowering, and uplifting racially and ethnically marginalized members of the book publishing industry. Born and raised in Texas, Patrice was a children’s book editor before shifting to be a literary agent at Howard Morhaim Literary Agency. She’s been named a Publishers Weekly Star Watch honoree and featured on Bustle’s inaugural “Lit List” as one of ten women changing the book world. Patrice is the editor of A Phoenix First Must Burn, 16 stories of Black Girl Magic, Resistance, and Hope as well as a forthcoming YA Paranormal Romance anthology (Penguin Random House, 2020) Visit Patrice online at patricecaldwell.com, Twitter @whimsicallyours, and Instagram @whimsicalaquarian.


A PHOENIX FIRST MUST BURN, an anthology of 16 #BlackGirlMagic short stories


D&D Alignment

chaotic good


Bender Class

earth bender


FMK: Fictional Character Edition

“M – Padmé Amidala
K – N/A
F – Harley Quinn”


Favorite Book Quote

Not necessarily a favorite quote, but one I think about often is: “Definitions belong to the definers, not the defined.” – Beloved by Toni Morrison