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.
Dr. Terri Francis talks of Josephine Baker & the burlesque
Dr. Terri Francis will be in Chicago this Friday night April 1 at 7PM for a screening and conversation with Kevin Jerome Everson at Black Cinema House! For those unable to make it, please enjoy and share this Women's History Month Q & A with her on Josephine Baker, Black women in film, and "the burlesque."
“Remember Me To Miss Louisa”: Q & A with author and historian Sharony Green
"Critical study of womanhood, in all its complexities, is needed for today’s women who are still living through so many oppressions. Not that much has happened that we get to escape societal agreements about our sanity, our worth, our ability to contribute, our need for rest and to be protected and to protect and so on." Dr. Sharony Green, on her work and book "Remember Me to Miss Louisa: Hidden Black-White Intimacies in Antebellum America"
Chicago play ‘Lines in the Dust’ Takes on Families and Residency Fraud in Public Schools.
It would be a disservice to relegate the play Lines in the Dust as a compulsory offering of social protest fiction and bandwagon outpour, seeking attention on entitlement that audiences passively care about its themes and subjects to indict structural racism in America. To applaud it on such terms demeans the work below its highest merit as an actor’s play; it simply uses … Continue reading Chicago play ‘Lines in the Dust’ Takes on Families and Residency Fraud in Public Schools.
Behind A Bitter Pill… Q & A with author Tiffany Gholar
One book with four different covers is just one aspect of the special story and brilliance behind 'A Bitter Pill to Swallow', just released from Blurb Books as the debut novel from writer and visual artist Tiffany Gholar. 'A Bitter Pill to Swallow' is a literal and figurative testimony of perseverance, triumph and concern for humanity in a novel debut more than twenty years in the making.
Doing Toni Proud… Four Black Women Authors Speak
Toni Morrison can be proud of other Black American women authors’ unabashed portrayals of Black American people as honorable but flawed, saintly but imperfect, and whole but struggling in ways both certainly and only gently connected to racism.
A Story and a Mentor’s Memoir
Look into my new story just published in Crack the Spine Literary Magazine: "The Incredibly Short Love Affair of Sixo Reese"... and the memoir WHAT COMES NEXT AND HOW TO LIKE IT by Abigail Thomas, the magnificent writer and teacher who taught the workshop where the story was born.