Yona Harvey talks about her path to becoming a poet, Winnie Mandela as an artistic inspiration, and what it means to write more publicly.
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Abeer Hoque talks about coming of age in the predominantly white suburbs of Pittsburgh, rewriting her memoir manuscript ten times, and looking for poetry in prose.
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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
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Jaquira Díaz discusses the challenge of writing about family members, her greatest joy as a writer, and her literary role models.
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Cole Lavalais discusses her debut novel,
Summer of the Cicadas, why she’s a huge fan of outlining, and the importance of dedicated communities for black writers. ...more
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First, in the Saturday Interview, Deesha Philyaw talks to celebrated writer Darryl Pinckney about his latest novel, Black Deutschland, and drawing inspiration from Christopher Isherwood’s The Berlin Stories. Pinckney describes Berlin as “a somewhere not everyone wanted to bother with.” Racism in American history caused many to flee to Europe because it was “a personal solution to a […]
If your family or your people are looking over your shoulder, change your seat or push them away. Ask them to trust you with the truth.
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Tania James discusses her most recent novel,
The Tusk That Did the Damage, the challenges of writing an elephant narrator, and the moment when she knew she could be a writer. ...more
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Desiree Cooper discusses her debut collection of flash fiction,
Know the Mother, what mother-writers need, and why motherhood is the only story she’s ever told. ...more
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First, Brandon Hicks exercises his satirical muscle in “The Cartoonists: Profiles.” Then, in the Saturday Essay, Steven D. Howe bravely exposes his relationship with his father to the light, a relationship bruised by alcoholism and Howe’s own fear of perpetuating the cycle of addiction. In the end, the pain caused is tempered by moments of genuine paternal warmth. […]
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With Lisa Factora-Borchers, Patrice Gopo, Jennifer Niesslein, Tamiko Nimura, and Deesha Philyaw.
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First, National Book Award finalist Angela Flournoy talks with Deesha Philyaw in the Saturday Interview. They discuss themes pertinent to Detroit, the setting of Flournoy’s book, The Turner House. Some include housing discrimination, hip-hop, respectability politics, and the challenges of writing truthfully about the African American experience in that storied and troubled city. Then, Julie Marie Wade […]
My ambition is personal. I don’t think I need to succeed so that the race can succeed. ...more
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