Gholar has a provided missive for a new way to write about the creative life, art-making and (most specifically) Black women navigating those historically troubled waters for all talents. … More “I allow myself creative freedom to make whatever kind of art I feel like in the moment…” – Tiffany Gholar
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Kalisha Buckhanon doesn’t have a smart phone. Her first advice to new writers is to get rid of it. She writes on an old desktop computer without internet for the same reason she likes being a writer in Chicago — it allows her to get work done. And…
Gholar’s display of glorious art and life-giving paintings, completed across five years, come with grown woman commentary about what it took to see each piece through. In wisdom, she snakes the darkest corners of life- grief, breakups, economic peril- in a chronology of change and chaos where blank canvas was the steadiest hold. … More Tiffany Gholar Tells the Truth
Every time I have declared the internet a graver impediment than asset to arts and culture, something comes along to renew my faith I will be wrong. That something came out of inspiration to commemorate Juneteenth with a listen to a live performance of Tyehimba Jess’s Pulitzer Prize-winning poetry collection OLIO, transformed to an original production of Audible. … More If you missed it at the Minetta Lane Theater, then listen to OLIO LIVE online.
In honor of her birthday and Black History Month, read a prescient excerpt from Toni Morrison’s 2008 letter to Barack Obama. … More What Toni wrote to Obama…
You’d be correct to expect this story of a young Renaissance woman’s fantasy trip, to live like her iconic Black American idols, to be sexy and to weave in Josephine Baker. The novel’s heroine goes to Paris in search of Baldwin and finds jazz, interracial love and the freelance hustler life… … More Black Girls in Paris, Harlem and more…
Enough people have already donated to almost make Black Documents happen and keep Mosaic magazine thriving. Please donate to the fund or subscribe to Mosaic today. … More Make a Difference Today for Black Art and Culture
Are whole Black families’ and intelligent Black women’s stories ever going to be good enough? … More I am not clapping for Moonlight just because I am Black.
Mrs. DuBois is a young master of its form, with characters I appreciate and respect within mere paragraphs of her writings of them, and full-circled or open-ended tales I can explore my own life and relationships through. The depth and variety of her public introductory work is profound. And, she is not stopping anytime soon… … More Tales From a Women-Activated Universe: Author Lisa B. DuBois on her debut story collection, OF LOVE AND SOUND MIND
I am grateful to Ron Kavanaugh and Mosaic Literary Magazine’s initial interview feature on me for my second novel Conception in 2009, and their recent re-posting of that lengthy interview with poet Tara Betts in celebration of my new novel Solemn. … More Kalisha Buckhanon: Interview