Prince Shakur


A queer, Jamaican-American author and artist; represented by Chelene Knight and Samantha Haywood of Transatlantic Agency. His political, coming-of-age memoir, WHEN THEY TELL YOU TO BE GOOD, is out now and has been described as "a guidepost for activists, artists, and revolutionaries to come" by Hanif Abdurraqib.

Recent Press

Selected Work

Latest Video

UPCOMING EVENTSPrince Shakur in Conversation w/ Rinaldo Walcott | Tuesday, February 28, 2023 at 7 PM [Toronto]
In Print XVII Reading and Signing | March 28 at 7:30 PM [Ball State University]

Order His Book, When They Tell You To Be Good at:
Bookshop | Barnes and Noble | Amazon

A TIME Magazine’s Most Anticipated Book of Fall 2022

A TIME, Washington Post, Amazon, BuzzFeed, Poets & Writers, Lambda Literary, Publishers Weekly, them, The Week, Book Riot, Philadelphia Inquirer, Book and Film Globe, AllArts, and Debutiful Best Book of FallWinner of the Hurston/Wright Crossover AwardA Library Journal and Okayplayer Best Memoir of 2022

Other Praise"Explores his childhood as a queer child of Jamaican immigrants in 2000s Ohio, his travels in response to America’s failure to ‘deliver me what I deserved as a young and curious Black person’ and his reckonings with colonial and patriarchal violence."- TIME Magazine"Moving, illuminating, occasionally gorgeous and often powerful."- The Philadelphia Inquirer"Clear-eyed and unsentimental, an insightful, beautifully written memoir of family and identity."
- Booklist
"Engaging—a tribute to resilience, and to building a better world."
"Powerful. . . . both intellectual and deeply emotional. . . . His memories, presented here with grace and care, will likely help others."
- The Columbus Dispatch