I met one of my favorite writers before she ever published a single story. We were classmates vying for our MFAs in Creative Writing from Florida International University and would smile at each other from across the room. She was shy, but never defensive, in workshop and always strove, really made the effort, to answer questions about her work and decisions on the page as fully as she could....more
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Happy birthday to James Baldwin, who would have been 89 today.
A pioneering author of fiction, essays, plays, and poetry, Baldwin explored what it meant to be black and gay long before such themes became acceptable to the mainstream.
He left behind a legacy of bravery and political activism, as well as classic works like Go Tell It on the Mountain and Giovanni’s Room....more