Yesterday, I taught Franz Kafka’s short story, “A Hunger Artist” to my Beginning Creative Writing class. It was deep, to say the least. So deep that it sent me into some kind of weird tailspin […]
Have you ever found out about a writer or a singer and you were so enchanted–then found out the writer’s book had been out for five years or the singer had been making records for […]
I don’t know if I’ve ever told you, but I am fascinated by old, Black men. It’s strange, because most old, Black men I know are seriously sexist, but for some reason, that doesn’t bother me in the least. That’s part of their complexity, what makes them, well, fascinating.
Some of y’all know that my poetry deals with African American music. Though I’m primarily known as a blues poet, all forms of Black music and how these affect our culture and who we are […]
Now, I usually just let y’all decide which of my “You Gotta Read This” podcasts you want to listen to all on your own, because all of y’all are grown and I don’t like to be pushy. But this Lucille Clifton podcast was a moment I haven’t ever experienced; it was really a blessed evening.
As I hope y’all remember from a past “You Gotta Read This” feature, Camille Dungy is the fabulous, sassy editor of Black Nature: Four Centuries of African American Nature Poetry, which, by the way, was […]
Hey Y’all: I asked my mentor, Jerry Ward, Jr. to comment on what poetry should be, for National Poetry Month, and he was so sweet to send me something. It is, of course, brilliant. By […]
I’ve got a special place in my heart for Alice Walker. My mother, Trellie James Jeffers, was her seventh grade teacher back in the day in Eatonton, Georgia at Butler-Baker High School. Miss Alice even […]
I know I’m late, again. I should have had this post waiting for you this morning instead of posting at lunchtime. But I hope you will forgive me and join me in celebrating Melvin B. […]
I woke up this morning, knowing I had forgotten something. And my good friend and mentor, Afaa Michael Weaver, reminded me just now on Twitter. It’s Langston Hughes’s birthday, y’all! And what sort of blues […]