Jocelyn Nicole Johnson discusses her debut story collection, MY MONTICELLO.
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Naomi Jackson discusses her debut novel,
The Star Side of Bird Hill, how she approached writing about mental illness and its affects on a family, and choosing to to tell a story from multiple perspectives. ...more
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Vanessa Hua discusses her debut collection,
Deceit and Other Possibilities, writing fiction in order to understand life as an American-born child of immigrants, and the importance of literary community. ...more
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