Tome of Black Womanhood


One thing that interests me about Beyoncé is who her predecessors are, and how she’s a kind of symbol for all the different ways that black women are revered but also surveilled in a really intense way, put on display.

Morgan Parker’s poetry collection, There Are More Beautiful Things Than Beyoncé, comes out in 2017. Alex Dueben’s interview with Parker at the Paris Review touches on the tradition of pop-culture references, the echo chamber of history and mythology, and black womanhood.

Kirstin Allio is currently a Howard Foundation Fellow at Brown University. Her story collection, Clothed, Female Figure comes out with Dzanc in 2016. Her novel, Garner (Coffee House), was a finalist for the LA Times Book Award for First Fiction. She has received the National Book Foundation’s “5 Under 35” Award, a PEN/O. Henry Prize, and has published many short stories, poems, and essays. More from this author →