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Posts Tagged: James Baldwin

The Blacker the Berry, the Quicker They Shoot

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Fear is real. Pain is real. Loss is real. Suffering is real.

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What to Read When You Want to Run Away from Your Life

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Alden Jones shares a reading list to celebrate THE WANTING WAS A WILDERNESS.

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What to Read When You Can’t Invite Your Queer Family Over for Dinner

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Miah Jeffra shares a reading list to celebrate THE FABULOUS EKPHRASTIC FANTASTIC!.

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Tracing the Fractures: A Conversation with Kristen Millares Young

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Kristen Millares Young discusses her debut novel, SUBDUCTION.

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What to Read When You’re Transforming

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Laura Bogart shares a reading list to celebrate DON’T YOU KNOW I LOVE YOU.

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To Pimp a Mockingbird: A Lesson Plan

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Literacy, you know firsthand, is a tool, is a motivator, is the beat of education.

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Turning the Tide: A Conversation with Tope Folarin

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Tope Folarin discusses his debut novel, A PARTICULAR KIND OF BLACK MAN.

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A Time and a Place: Talking with Faylita Hicks

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Faylita Hicks discusses her debut poetry collection, HOODWITCH.

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Turning and Turning: Jericho Brown’s The Tradition

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[T]his is a book in direct conversation with literary tradition.

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The Brink of Unbearable: Careen by Grace Shuyi Liew

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[I]t is as if I am learning a new language with each poem.

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What to Read When You’re Mad Enough to Burn It Down

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Lilly Dancyger shares a reading list to celebrate BURN IT DOWN: WOMEN WRITING ABOUT ANGER.

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We’re All Fighting: A Conversation with Saeed Jones

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Saeed Jones discusses his new memoir, HOW WE FIGHT FOR OUR LIVES.

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The Mentor Series: Vanessa Hua and Susan Straight

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Vanessa Hua interviews her mentor, Susan Straight.

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The Rumpus Book Club Chat with Nicole Dennis-Benn

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Nicole Dennis-Benn discusses her second novel, PATSY.

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When the Sh*t Hits the Fan: A Conversation with Percival Everett

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Percival Everett discusses his newest work, THE BOOK OF TRAINING BY COLONEL HAP THOMPSON.

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What to Read When You’re Afraid of Growing Up

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Kendra Allen shares a reading list to celebrate her debut essay collection, WHEN YOU LEARN THE ALPHABET.

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What to Read When You’re Coming of [Old] Age

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Governor Madeleine Kunin shares a list of books to celebrate her new memoir, COMING OF AGE.

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Sweet Bird

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Every story needs to begin in a place of stasis, a comfortable zero.

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Writing in Earnest: Talking with Nana Kwame Adjei-Brenyah

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Nana Kwame Adjei-Brenyah discusses FRIDAY BLACK.

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Writing Back to History: A Conversation with Kiese Laymon

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Kiese Laymon discusses his new memoir, HEAVY.

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A Community of the People: Tommy Orange’s There There

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THERE THERE does not settle, it unsettles.

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The Torment of Queer Literature

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Queer literature isn’t a box to unlock so that it can unlock me.

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The Rumpus Book Club Chat with Meghan Flaherty

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Meghan Flaherty discusses her debut memoir, Tango Lessons, how the book found its current format, and writing a memoir at a young age.

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This Future Is Here: Talking with Tom McAllister

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Tom McAllister discusses his new novel, How to Be Safe, workshops, Twitter, dystopia, and narrative voice.

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The Rumpus Poetry Book Club Chat with Justin Phillip Reed

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Justin Phillip Reed on his debut collection, Indecency, why he loves struggling with connotation, and the irresponsibility of American society.

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Taking Back Control: A Conversation with Joseph Osmundson

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Joseph Osmundson discusses his memoir, Inside/Out, intimacy, trauma, and the sometimes violence of desire.

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Reading Other People’s Mail: Talking with Michelle Dean

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Michelle Dean discusses Sharp: The Women Who Made an Art of Having an Opinion, literary legends, and the absence of Black writers from the narrative.

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