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negression coverNegress: a woman of African descent | digression: a departure from the main subject in speech or writing

Welcome to negression…

negression.com is your elegant online retreat to an eclectic blend of candid features engaging the arts, culture, women and justice from Kalisha Buckhanon‘s Black female perspective, including occasional interviews with emerging creators and thinkers.

negression intends to be a thoughtful, generous space for both history-conscious and avant-garde viewpoints on important moments, matters and discussions. These include meditations on literature and film, past and present triumphs of women as well as injustices to them, celebrations of Black and female icons, sympathetic tributes to racism victims, historical miscellany and cultural ephemera. At times it is a way to stay up to date with Kalisha Buckhanon’s latest creative offerings and accomplishments.

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About Kalisha Buckhanon 

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Kalisha Buckhanon

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Kalisha Buckhanon is the author of influential explorations of Black women’s and youth’s experiences found in the novels UPSTATE, CONCEPTION and SOLEMN published by St. Martin’s Press. Her honors include an Andrew Mellon Undergraduate Fellowship in the Humanities, Illinois Arts Council Fellowship, American Library Association Alex Award, Friends of American Writers Award, Audie Award in Literary Fiction shared with actors Chadwick Boseman and Heather Simms, the lone Terry McMillan Young Author Award given personally by the icon, inclusion in New York Public Library’s Best Book for Teens and the American Youth Library Service’s Association’s Best of the Year lists, and nominations for the Hurston-Wright Award in Debut Fiction and Pushcart Prize.

Born in the small Midwest town of Kankakee, Illinois, Kalisha graduated into Phi Beta Kappa at University of Chicago with a B.A. in English. She went on to an M.F.A. in Creative Writing from the New School in New York City, where her thesis “Upstate” was sold in a publishing auction. Her return to University of Chicago for PhD-level studies created her interest in defining and sharing a unique Black female Negressive aesthetic she sees Billie Holiday, Toni Morrison, Phyllis Hyman and Carrie Mae Weems as a few major cornerstones of. Kalisha began negression when her author website’s simple blog feature proved inadequate to encompass in-depth personal messages she wanted to share.

negression grew to features on BlogHer and SheKnows as well as discovery by TV One show producers, who found some of the only sensitive perspective on a Tennessee’s couple little-known murder to be an essay by Kalisha on negression. She has been an on-air commentator for more cases re-running often on TV-One, Black Entertainment Television and Investigation Discovery Channel. Counterpoint Press will release her fourth novel SPEAKING OF SUMMER in 2019. Learn more at Kalisha.com.