Craft, White Gaze and Black Gaze by Andy Johnson (’14, ’16)

At AWP 2016, Andy Johnson delivered the following remarks as part of a Kimbilio panel on black writers in the white world.  As a result of this presentation, Andy was offered a book contract! In 2014, I spoke on a panel called “Crossing (Imagined) Borders: Research, Writing, and the Challenges of the 21st Century,” at […]

Khaliah Williams in Buzzfeed

Recently Kimbilio Fellow Khaliah Williams helped lead a Write-In for Youth in Baltimore.  She writes about it here in Buzzfeed: I’m not from Baltimore. The five years I’ve lived here are a long time to me, but they’re a blip in the grand scheme of things. The kind of Baltimore story that has been at […]

I Tituba: Dianca London Potts on Historical Re-enacting

I was Tituba. Or at least, everyone thought I was. During my freshman year at a small liberal arts Christian college in Wenham, Massachusetts, my lifelong fascination with the Salem Witch Trials and an empty bank account prompted me to apply for a job as a historical reenactor. For nine dolllars an hour, I dressed […]

Author Coe Booth on ATC

Kinda Like Brothers author Coe Booth discusses her new children’s book and how her job as a caseworker informed her writing.              

BuzzFeed’s Heben Nigatu Welcomes You to “the mocha-chocolate-coffee-bean-exotic-butterscotch-caramel-cinnamon-cafe-au-lait side of town.”

For those interested in culturally-specific craft… If White Characters Were Described Like People Of Color In Literature    

Race and the Workshop

  Writes Matthew Salesses for NPR: In the past year, my first in a prestigious Ph.D. program in creative writing and literature, I have often felt conspicuous as a writer of color. I have felt a responsibility to speak up when race is discussed, but I have also resented this responsibility. Lately, I have found […]

20 Questions With David Haynes

David Haynes is a true visionary. When the Dean of Southern Methodist University asked him to name the one thing he would work on if given the chance, Haynes said he would found a Center for African American fiction to increase diversity in literature and publishing. The Dean said yes, and David Haynes went to […]

18 Questions with Daniel Jose Older

Daniel José Older is a champion for equality in contemporary literature. His recent Buzzfeed article shook up the media world with its scintillating analysis on the lack of diversity in mainstream publishing…and what we need to do to change the situation. And, when a reviewer relied on a startlingly racist double standard while reviewing Long Hidden, […]

Selena Anderson for Gigantic Magazine

Congratulations to Kimbilio Fellow Selena Anderson, who has a story up at Gigantic Magazine today! Selena Anderson is a PhD candidate at the University of Houston and holds an MFA from Columbia University, where she was the recipient of the Transatlantic/Henfield Prize. She has held fellowships at the MacDowell Colony, the Bread Loaf Writer’s Conference, and the Carson McCullers […]

Desiree Cooper for American Black Journal

Check out this report from Pulitzer Prize nominated journalist and Kimbilio Fellow Desiree Cooper for American Black Journal on Detroit Public TV! Desiree Cooper is a journalist, author, blogger and former co-host of American Public Media’s Weekend America. A 2002 Pulitzer Prize nominee for her column in the Detroit Free Press, Cooper graduated Phi Beta Kappa from the […]