Terpischore’s Atrium with Kalisha Buckhanon

I am happy and blessed to share my interview with Shinjini Bhattacharjee, Editor-in-Chief of the fine new literary journal Hermeneutic Chaos, which published a portion of my new novel with much encouragement and interest. My interview appears in the journal’s companion blog Morphemic Morphology. I hope our words inspire you. Blessings, Kalisha

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Morphemic Morphology

Welcome to Terspischore’s Atrium, where the Hermeneutic Chaos editors find delight in the elfin task of  confronting their contributing authors with some really tough questions.

Today, our Editor-in-Chief Shinjini Bhattacharjee interviews Kalisha Buckhanon, who is undoubtedly one of the most talented writers in the contemporary literary milieu. Her debut venture, Upstate, was published in 2006 to massive critical acclaim, and won an American Library Association ALEX Award and an Audie Award in Literary Fiction for its audiobook, besides being a Hurston-Wright Foundation Debut Fiction finalist. Her sophomore novel, Conception, was greeted with much greater enthusiasm, and won a Friends of American Writers Adult Literature Award. Kalisha has been awarded an Illinois Arts Council Fellowship in Prose; a Zora Neale Hurston/Bessie Head Fiction Award at the Gwendolyn Brooks Black Literature and Writing Conference, for her short story “Card Parties” ; the Terry McMillan Young Author Award at the National Book Club Conference; an Honorable Mention in…

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25 thoughts on “Terpischore’s Atrium with Kalisha Buckhanon

  1. ‘My name is ‘Kalisha,’ not Elizabeth or Margaret or Anne. I love Kate Middleton and find her very strong, but my name is not ‘Catherine.’
    Interesting, as my first name is Margaret. I love your description further on in the paragraph about your love for writing. I have an on and off battle with my writing – I want to write but what to write about is my problem. I hope that by not giving up I will get find out what kind of writing I should focus on. Happy Writing!

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  2. Am very glad for Your Success in Your writing efforts, my Dear Kalisha!

    As I read Your excerpts, I see that, hidden in between, as it were, things that should make Us Think. Which is Beautiful.

    Kudos, and Keep Up Your Great Work. Love and Regards. 🙂

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    1. Thank you so much Yesudas… I aim to make the world think about what they would rather forget 🙂 It is so hard to wait for the whole book’s arrival date. I am trying my hardest to be patient, but I wish it was here already! Keep writing, Kalisha

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      1. Hello, Kalisha! Thanks for writing.

        Yes, Your whole outlook is Good. You make people think.

        You ‘wait’ for the book’s arrival; I have to wait to find time to write my Novel. It is sitting in my head. Too busy, and too many things to do!

        Love and Regards. 🙂

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      2. Awww Yesudas, Yes it SO hard to keep ahold of a book in your head. You almost have to be a magician. Do just a few paragraphs a day just to keep it alive and going until you have more time. You can do it!! Kalisha


    1. Hello Lisa, Thank you so much…I don’t have time to do what I must for it, because I have some unfinished blogs in the queue as well as overdue articles to get to, and a pretty strict writing schedule for a new book. But thanks for singling me out, as I guess it is pretty versatile up in here 🙂 Many blessings, Kalisha

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  3. I may be late but I’m on board now. Just went to Amazon and ordered Conception! Can’t wait to read it even though I promised I would not order another book till I read some of the stacks next to my bed. oh, wells 🙂

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    1. Thank you Shahidah!!!!! I hope you like it, and yes, I know how it is to say “No more!” So I appreciate you relapsing on my account. Happy writing to you, Kalisha


  4. This is so EXCELLENT! I can’t believe I am just reading this now. I read your excerpt I think back in December and I hope I commented on how great I thought your writing is but I totally missed this!
    So wonderful and inspiring. Congrats. Obviously I have missed out but I’m going back into your blog to get information on getting hard copies of your work!
    Again, CONGRATS!!!

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