In Franklin’s telling, we are not just born, but fervent in our existence. ...more
Tags: black history, Black motherhood, black women, blackness, book review, Cauleen Smith, DiVida, generational trauma, Greg Tate, Haymarket Books, identity, intergenerational trauma, Jamila Woods, Krista Franklin, Maria Eliza Osunbimpe Hamilton Abegunde, me and Nina, Monica A. Hand, motherhood, patriarchy, poems, poetry, poetry review, racial identity, racial violence, Racism, review, Tatiana Johnson-Boria, Too Much Midnight, visual art, White Supremacy
Rae presents America as seen through Black girls’ eyes, experienced by our bodies. ...more
Tags: american south, black women, Black women writers, blackness, book review, Claudia Rankine, debut collection, Faylita Hicks, Ghost in a Black Girl's Throat, Khalisa Rae, misogynoir, misogyny, Nicole Shawan Junior, poems, poetry, poetry review, racial inequality, Racism, Red Hen Press, review, Vievee Francis, White Supremacy, whiteness
Kaitlyn Greenidge discusses her new novel, LIBERTIE.
Tags: African Diaspora, Algonquin, Algonquin Books, beloved, black history, black mothers, black women, Brandon Byrd, Brooklyn, Carrie Howland, Edith Wharton, Ellen Holly, genre, grace paley, Haiti, hilary mantel, historical fiction, homeopathy, Jacmel, Kaitlyn Greenidge, Libertie, Liz Button, Lynn Nottage, Malick W. Ghachem, motherhood, mothers, mothers and daughters, Music, One Life, oral history, Port-au-Prince, Reconstruction, research, slavery, Susan Smith McKinney Steward, the age of innocence, Toni Morrison, We Love You Charlie Freeman, Weeksville Heritage Center
Kiese Laymon discusses the revised HOW TO SLOWLY KILL YOURSELF AND OTHERS IN AMERICA.
Tags: american south, April Blevins Pejic, Bible, black femininity, black women, Catherine Coleman, class inequality, community, COVID, COVID-19, family, femininity, Good God, grandmother, grandmothers, Heavy: An American Memoir, How to Slowly Kill Yourself and Others in America, Kiese Laymon, Mississippi, mothers, mothers and sons, pandemic, poverty, Publishing, publishing industry, shame, South, teachers, teaching, University of Mississippi
Georgina Lawton discusses her debut memoir, RACELESS.
Tags: adoption, ancestry, black women, blackness, bodies, body insecurity, Brit Bennett, childhood, childhood trauma, colonialism, community, daughers, Diaspora, dna, Donna Hemans, family, family history, family secret, fathers, fathers and daughters, Georgina Lawton, identity, Ireland, Irish, Jayne O. Ifekwunigwe, memoir, mothers, mothers and daughters, Nella Larsen, passing, Raceless, racial identity, racial inequality, Racism, The Vanishing Half, therapist, therapy, transracial, transracial adoption, trauma, We Wear the Mask, whiteness, women's bodies
Deesha Philyaw discusses her debut story collection, THE SECRET LIVES OF CHURCH LADIES.
Tags: affair, affairs, american south, Bassey Ikpi, binaries, Black churches, black women, church, Coparenting 101, COVID-19, debut collection, Deesha Philyaw, fiction, florida, George Floyd, Great Migration, Heads of the Colored People, How to Sit, I'm Telling the Truth But I'm Lying, infidelity, Jacksonville, James Baldwin, marriage, Nafissa Thompson-Spires, National Book Award, Nia Norris, pandemic, Pittsburgh, relationships, religion, Sex, sexuality, short fiction, short stories, Short Story Collection, The Secret Lives of Church Ladies, The South, Toni Morrison, Tyrese Coleman, Visible: Women Writers of Color
Kelly Harris-DeBerry discusses her debut poetry collection, FREEDOM KNOWS MY NAME.
Tags: Alabama, american south, appropriation, avery r. young, black women, Broadside Press, Cleveland, debut collection, Demetrie McLorn, Eloise Greenfield, Erica L. Williams, feminism, feminist, Freedom Knows My Name, gentrification, Gil-Scott heron, Gwendolyn Brooks, James Brown, Jayne Cortez, Jessica Krug, Kalamu ya Salaam, Kathryn Stockett, Kelly Harris-DeBerry, Langston Hughes, Last Poets, Lucille Clifton, Mari Evans, MFA, Midwest, migration, New Orleans, Nikki Giovanni, ntozake shange, Ohio, Paule Marshall, poems, poetry, Rachel Dolezal, racial inequality, Racism, Rita Dove, Sarah Webster Fabio, Scott Woods, Sonia Sanchez, The Help, Third World Press, Toni Morrison, Wanda Coleman, White Supremacy, Xavier Review Press, zora neale hurston
Athena Dixon discusses her debut memoir-in-essays, THE INCREDIBLE SHRINKING WOMAN.
Tags: Another Bad Creation, Athena Dixon, Black Panther, black women, Black women writers, blackness, Boyz II Men, creative nonfiction, fanfiction, How to Sit, identity, Kris Kross, memoir, memoir-in-essays, Midwest, personal essay, poetry, Racism, rural, Split Lip, Split Lip Press, The Incredible Shrinking Woman, Tonya Abari, trauma, Tyrese Coleman, Tyrese L. Coleman
This book is a marriage of the real world and the imagination, the nexus of nonfiction and fiction. ...more
Tags: american south, ancestry, archival research, archives, biracial, biracial identity, black women, book review, Civil War, descent, erasure, family history, family tree, historical trauma, hybrid genre, identity, inherited trauma, Jesi Buell, Lauren Russell, memoir, poems, poetry, PTSD, research, review, slavery, Tarpaulin Sky Press
Raven Leilani discusses her debut novel, LUSTER.
Tags: audience, autofiction, black women, Brit Bennett, debut novel, dysfunctional relationships, flâneur, isolation, Kaitlyn Greenidge, Loneliness, Luster, marriage, Monet Patrice Thomas, open marriage, privilege, racial inequality, rage, Raven Leilani, Sex, sex writing, sexuality, suburban, suburbs, systemic inequality, systemic racism, The Mothers, women's anger
Tara Campbell discusses her new book, POLITICAL AF: A RAGE COLLECTION.
Tags: anger, birth control, black women, capitalism, Circe's Bicycle, Civil Rights Movement, colorism, fascism, flash fiction, gender inequality, George Floyd, George S. Schuyler, Hannah Grieco, hermit crab essay, hybrid genre, identity, John Lewis, Margaret Atwood, Margo Jefferson, misogyny, Negroland, patriarchy, poems, poetry, police brutality, Political AF, Political AF: A Rage Collection, political writing, Politics, racial inequality, Racism, science fiction, sexism, slavery, speculative fiction, Tara Campell, Unlikely Books, Walking with the Wind, White Supremacy, women's anger, writing process, Zoe Leonard
Healing is slow. Fast. Slow again. ...more
Tags: binary, black women, bodies, cancer, community, DC, death, desire, fathers, fathers and daughters, gay, gender, gender binary, gender dysphoria, Gender Identity, gender norms, genderqueer, identity, language, Lesbian, LGBTQ, microaggressions, misgender, nonbinary, queer, queerness, Racism, racist, sexuality, street harassment, Tahirah Alexander Green, toxic masculinity, trans, transphobia, trauma, Washington DC, women's bodies
It’s never too late to read Toni Morrison for the first time. ...more
Tags: black women, Black women writers, childhood, colorism, domestic violence, Glory Edim, identity, institutional racism, internalized racism, Katherine D. Morgan, Pecola Breedlove, Racism, representation, structural racism, the bluest eye, Toni Morrison, Well Read Black Girl, white gaze
Kwoya Fagin Maples discusses her poetry collection, MEND.
Tags: Alabama School of Fine Arts, Birmingham, black women, Brutal Imagination, Cave Canem, Cornelius Eady, crown of sonnets, Finishing Line Press, Frances Donovan, gynecology, Harriet Washington, Kwoya Fagin Maples, Laura Secord, Lisa Williams, Literary Community, Marion Sims, Medical Apartheid, Mend, Obstetrics, poetry, research, science, scientific racism, slavery, Something of Yours, sonnet
When I was born I came out looking just like them. ...more
Tags: black bodies, black women, blackness, book excerpt, dermatologist, exclusive excerpt, Kendra Allen, michael jackson, race, Racism, Skin, skin color, University of Iowa Press, When You Learn the Alphabet
Morgan Parker discusses her newest collection, MAGICAL NEGRO.
Tags: Bible, black women, Black women writers, Christianity, Drunk History, KKK, Ku Klux Klan, Magical Negro, Morgan Parker, poems, poetry, Politics, Racism, religion, There Are More Beautiful Things Than Beyonce, Tin House
Renee Simms discusses her debut collection,
Meet Behind Mars, leaving law to become a writer, and writing through major life changes. ...more
Tags: adoption, Amina Gautier, Arizona State University, At-Risk, black women, Chinelo Okparanta, community, danielle evans, debut collection, Deesha Philyaw, Desiree Cooper, Difficult Women, edwidge danticat, first book, Happiness Like Water, Helen Oyeyemi, humor, Kathleen Collins, Know the Mother, Krik? Krak!, lawyer, Lesley Nneka Arimah, Meet Behind Mars, MFA, motherhood, mothers, Now We Will Be Happy, Racism, Renee Simms, Selena Anderson, sexism, short fiction, short stories, teaching, teaching writing, The Loss of All Lost Things, University of Puget Sound, Venita Blackburn, Visible: Women Writers of Color, VONA, Wayne State University Press, What Is Not Yours Is Not Yours, What It Means When a Man Falls From the Sky, Whatever Happened to Interracial Love, zz packer
Morgan Jerkins discusses
This Will Be My Undoing, getting her start on the Internet, and why her collection of linked personal essays isn’t just another Millennial read. ...more
Tags: audience, Bennington, black women, carmen maria machado, debut collection, Deesha Philyaw, essay writing, essays, first book, identity, imposter syndrome, Internet, internet writing, Jesmyn Ward, Literary Community, marginalization, marginalized, masha gessen, memoir, memories, memory, MFA, michelle dean, millenials, Morgan Jerkins, mothers, mothers and daughters, Porochista Khakpour, Roxane Gay, single mother, This Will Be My Undoing, trauma, Visible: Women Writers of Color, vulnerability, women writers, Women Writers of Color
One thing I was taught about travel—because my father is a black man born in Alabama in 1950—was that there are safe places for black people to go and places that aren’t as safe. ...more
Tags: A Change is Gonna Come, Alabama, All Kinds of Kinds, Am I Wrong, America, american south, Arizona, black women, Box of Rain, California, Chicago, Crosby Stills Nash and Young, family, fathers, fathers and daughters, Free Fallin', grateful dead, Harry Potter, Hole, I'll Take You There, Indiana, Janis Joplin, Jason Mraz, John A. Williams, John Mellencamp, Kentucky, KKK, Lake Michigan, Lana Del Ray, leesa cross-smith, Long Way Home, Love Someone, Malibu, Me and Bobby McGee, Miranda Lambert, Music, music playlists, Nico and Vinz, Nina Simone, obama, Ohio, Oregon, Pacific Northwest, Paul Simon, Pink Houses, playlist, Poldark, race, racial violence, Racism, road trip, Sam Cooke, Sinnerman, Soul Kitchen, South Dakota, The Doors, The Staple Singers, Tom Petty, Tom Waits, travel, Utah, West Coast, Wyoming, YouTube
Brooke C. Obie discusses the historical basis for her debut novel,
Book of Addis, writing to dismantle white supremacy, and why Black speculative fiction is integral to her survival. ...more
Tags: A Rumpus Interview, afrofuturism, Alton Sterling, american south, black mothers, black women, Book of Addis, Brooke C. Obie, Brooke Obie, Deesha Philyaw, Game of Thrones, genocide, George Washington, Haiti, HBO, historical fiction, Issa Rae, Jemele Hill, marlon james, michael brown, motherhood, mothers, Octavia Butler, Philando Castile, science fiction, slavery, speculative fiction, The Book of Night Women, The Misadventures of Awkward Black Girl, Tyehimba Jess, Visible: Women Writers of Color, White Supremacy
Nikki Wallschlaeger discusses her new collection
Crawlspace, why she chose to work with the sonnet form, and how segregation in American never ended. ...more
Tags: 1950s, american south, Anne Sexton, black lives matter, black women, brian spears, Bugs Bunny, capitalism, cities, class, Crawlspace, depression, Des Moines, diversity, Drapetomania, election 2016, fashion magazines, gender roles, houses, iowa, jacob wren, Jasmine Gibson, Jennifer Espinoza, King Cotton, LGBTQ, Milwaukee, Moss Angel, Nikki Wallschlaeger, police brutality, police violence, Polyamorous Love Song, race, Racism, Rich and Poor, Robert Lowell, Sara Woods, Sea Witch Volume 1, segregation, servants, slaves, Social Media, sonnet, structural racism, sylvia plath, systemic racism, The Fire Next Time, therapy, there should be flowers, trans, Wisconsin, wives
Yona Harvey talks about her path to becoming a poet, Winnie Mandela as an artistic inspiration, and what it means to write more publicly.
Tags: A Poet's Craft, A Rumpus Interview, Amiri Baraka, beyonce, black femininity, Black Panther, black women, black writers, Cave Canem, collaboration, Comics, Deesha Philyaw, Doug Kearney, Hemming the Water, Howard University, Imani Owens, Imani Tolliver, Jessica Abel, Joel Dias-Porter, King, Lucille Clifton, Lynda Barry, Marvel, poetry, Ragdale, Robert Hayden, Roxane Gay, Sonia Sanchez, Ta-Nehisi Coates, The Crew, The Force of What’s Possible, trauma, visible, Visible: Women Writers of Color, We Are KING, Winnie Mandela, Women Writers of Color, World of Wakanda, writers of color, Yona Harvey, Zachary Robbins
Welcome to This Week in Trumplandia. Check in with us every Thursday for a weekly roundup of the most pertinent content on our country, which is currently spiraling down a crappy toilet drain. You owe it to yourself, your communities, and your humanity to contribute whatever you can, even if it is just awareness of […]
Tags: ACA, Affordable Care Act, Bitch, black women, China, Dakota Access Pipeline, DAPL, Death and Taxes, Donald Trump, election 2016, humor, Melania Trump, Mic, New York Times, Politics, Popganga, The Atlantic, The Independent, This Week in Trumplandia, Trump, voter rights, voter suppression, voting
Tara Betts discusses her newest collection,
Break the Habit, the burden placed on black women artists to be both artist and activist, and why writing is rooted in identity. ...more
Tags: academia, activism, Alice Walker, arc & hue, audre lorde, Baby Sweets, Binghamton, Black Panthers, black women, Blackberry: a magazine, break the habit, Chicago, comic books, Comics, consent, death, Deesha Philyaw, Def Poetry Jam, Denise Levertov, depression, Devil Dinosaur, divorce, Donald Trump, economic inequality, Eve Ewing, f. scott fitzgerald, family, Foucault, gender inequality, girlspeak, Glen Campbell, grief, Hadiya Pendeleton, heartbreak, heroines, hip-hop, Huey P. Newton, I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings, identity, Iron Man, jazz, Jeff Chang, Jessica Care Moore, Joan Didion, Kate Zambreno, Larry Levis, Lauryn Hill, Luke Cage, marriage, marriage equality, Maya Angelou, memories, Mental Health, Moon Girl, mothers, mothers and daughters, Mumia Abu-Jamal, Nina Simone, ntozake shange, patriarchy, Paul Beatty, Paul Laurence Dunbar, poems, Poet, poetry, Politics, Princeless, prison system, Public Enemy, Radius, Rape culture, Raymond Andrews, relationships, representation, Riri Williams, Roxane Gay, science fiction, Self Care, slam poetry, superheroes, Ta-Nehisi Coates, tara Betts, Terry McMillan, The Color Purple, the cure, The White Album, Tish Benson, Trump, visible, Visible: Women Writers of Color, Willie Perdomo, Women Writers of Color, World of Wakanda, writers of color, writing, Yona Harvey, Zelda Fitzgerald, zora neale hurston
With Lisa Factora-Borchers, Patrice Gopo, Jennifer Niesslein, Tamiko Nimura, and Deesha Philyaw.
Tags: black women, Brittany K. Allen, Claire Vaye Watkins, Deesha Philyaw, diversity, editing, Faith Adiele, feminism, Full Grown People, ideal reader, Jennifer Niesslein, Lisa Factora-Borchers, Lonnae O'Neal, marlon james, memoir, mentors, On Pandering, parenting, Patrice Gopo, personal essay, privilege, publishing industry, race, racial equality, racial identity, racial inequality, Racism, Tamiko Nimura, The Writer-Editor Coalition, VONA, women writers, writers of color, writing
Alicia Swiz reviews
Gotta Go Gotta Flow by Patricia Smith and Michael Abramson. ...more
Tags: adultery, Alicia Swiz, beyonce, black women, book review, Chicago, dancing, Gotta Go Gotta Flow, homophobia, homosexuality, Michael Abramson, Patricia Smith, pedophilia, photography, poems, poetry, R. Kelly, rape, sexual assault
Over at The Offing, Linda Chavers pens an important letter to “black girls everywhere”: I am giving you the prologue. You must go forward accepting and understanding that no one will ever do it as well as you do, and no one will ever tell you that you do it better than anybody else.
In the American imagination the black woman, whether light skinned or dark, is already a sexualized entity, a character upon which so many stereotypes are projected. But as a black woman writing these characters, I need to write beyond the stereotypes, expose their idiocy one page at a time. Morgan Jerkins writes about the complications […]
Why do black characters, in particular, black women of color, have to have some curated, Huxtable-like experience? Why can’t black women, like every other human on earth, be sexual, nerdy, outrageous, or flawed? Why aren’t we allowed to share our stories of affairs, unrequited love, career failures and sexual diversity on camera? For Blavity, Kayla […]
Josie Pickens talks about building relationships through blogging, changing the narrative around black women in America, and eradicating silence through storytelling.
Tags: activism, amy poehler, angela davis, Arielle Bernstein, audre lorde, black lives matter, black women, blogging, Blue Ivy, daughters, depression, Ebony Magazine, Empire, feminism, Gabby Sibide, gender, gender equality, intersectional feminism, intersectionality, Josie Pickens, labels, Meryl Streep, motherhood, Planned Parenthood, R. Kelly, race, Racism, simone de beauvoir, Social Media, student protests, Suffragette, teacher, teaching, The Guardian, white women, womanism, writing, zora neale hurston