Reading Others in America


When it comes to our literary dialogue, Kiese Laymon stands unaffected:

The problem with our national lit isn’t just that it’s often written from the same voice; it’s written often to the same listeners. But if you changed the listeners, you change the art. Literally.

The conversation goes on at Vol.1 Brooklyn; Laymon touches on his novel, the essays, and the necessary pleasure of penning multiple pieces (and if you haven’t seen it already, catch his conversation with The Rumpus).

Bryan Washington has written for Puerto Del Sol, Ninth Letter, and Midnight Breakfast, among others; he's also the recipient of a Houstonia Fellowship. He lives around New Orleans. More from this author →