Posts by: The Conversation

The Conversation: Jayson Smith and A. H. Jerriod Avant


My responsibility is to not be negligent and cause unnecessary harm. To a listener or reader. My allegiance is only to truth. ...more

The Conversation: Angel Nafis, Safia Elhillo, and Elizabeth Acevedo


I don’t think it ever fully sunk in for me that I even live in America. ...more

The Conversation: Jeremy Clark and Thiahera Nurse


I’m thinking about the difference between “I stay somewhere” and “I live somewhere.” ...more

The Conversation: Hanif Willis-Abdurraqib and Paul Tran


The sitting down to write, convincing myself that my voice matters, even though there are so many telling me that it doesn’t. ...more

The Conversation: Prologue


Dear Reader,

For the past year, we, Aziza Barnes and Nabila Lovelace, The Founders of The Conversation, debated how we could create space for folk we love, whose work is critical, in the South. We had been living in New York, which is regarded as something of a safe haven for the Black writer.