“Our language reflects our personal history and culture. I try my best to preserve language because it is one way we can connect our past to our present. Alice didn’t just fall out of the sky and land in New Jessup—she was raised by loving parents who did the best they could for her andContinue reading “The Rumpus Interview: Connecting our Past to our Present”
“My approach to historical fiction is to write from a place of honesty, creativity, compassion, and intelligence to avoid creating historical distortion, and I always believed that if I wrote with purpose and integrity, my work would find its true readers.” Read more here.
“Winner of the 2021 PEN/Bellwether Prize for Socially Engaged Fiction, a thought-provoking and enchanting debut about a Black woman doing whatever it takes to protect all she loves at the beginning of the civil rights movement in Alabama.” Read more here.
“The words truth and fiction seem at odds because fiction is, by definition, a product of our imagination. But bell hooks told us: “To be truly visionary, we have to root our imagination in our concrete reality while simultaneously imagining possibilities beyond reality.” Historical fiction is the concrete reality of our past meeting the imagination of our pen. SomeContinue reading “The PEN TEN: An Interview with Jamila Minnicks”
I jumped up with the bell, prepared to make good my escape. But as my classmates milled around, blocking any speedy exit, He asked me to stay behind. Again. It was the second time in as many days that my teacher had asked to speak with me after class, but this time, I knew itContinue reading “Reaching Forward, Reaching Back”
Working on Moonrise one last time. Loving my novel more than ever and thankful for the journey to get here. Though an artist of a different time, medium, and stratosphere, Michaelangelo approached each block of marble as an opportunity to release the art from the inside. He considered himself not a maestro, but an artisanContinue reading “Practice Makes…”
The mask requirement could not hide the excitement in anyone’s eyes when MC Lyte took the stage to kick off I Am Woman: A Celebration of Women in Hip Hop at the Kennedy Center a couple of weeks ago. The lineup was spectacular–OGs like MC Lyte, Yo Yo, Monie Love and Da Brat sharing the stage withContinue reading “Music Made the Moonrise…”