Evie Shockley is the author of semiautomatic (2017), which was a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize and the LA Times Book Prize. She has published four other collections of poetry—including the new black (2011), which won the Hurston/Wright Legacy Award—and a critical study, Renegade Poetics: Black Aesthetics and Formal Innovation in African American Poetry (2011). Her honors include the 2015 Stephen Henderson Award for Outstanding Achievement in Poetry and the 2012 Holmes National Poetry Prize. She is currently a fellow at the Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study at Harvard…Find out more »
Associate Professor and Graduate Program Director for Popular Fiction and Publishing Kim McLarin is the author of three critically-acclaimed novels, including the memoir Divorce Dog: Men, Motherhood and Midlife and Divorce Dog: A Play, based on the book and of numerous essays and short stories. Her most recent book is Womanish: A Grown Black Woman Speaks of Life and Love. Edwin Hill MFA '02 is the author of two novels, Little Comfort and The Missing Ones, and is the vice president and editorial director for Bedford/St. Martin's, a division…Find out more »
Kiese Laymon is a black southern writer, born and raised in Jackson, Mississippi. Laymon attended Millsaps College and Jackson State University before graduating from Oberlin College. He earned an MFA in Fiction from Indiana University. Laymon is currently the Ottilie Schillig Professor of English and Creative Writing at the University of Mississippi. He served as the Distinguished Visiting Professor of Nonfiction at the University of Iowa in Fall 2017. Laymon is the author of the novel Long Division and a collection of essays, How…Find out more »
Ytasha L. Womack is an award-winning producer, director, author, and innovator. She is author of the critically acclaimed books Afrofuturism: The World of Black Sci Fi & Fantasy Culture, Rayla 2212, Post Black: How a New Generation is Redefining African American Identity; and co-edited Beats Rhymes and Life: What We Love and Hate About Hip Hop. Afrofuturism is a 2014 Locus Awards Nonfiction Finalist, and Post Black was hailed as a Booklist Top 10 Black History Reader of 2010. Her films include Love Shortsand The Engagement. The Engagement was…Find out more »
Certain books were “banned in Boston” at least as far back as 1651, when one William Pynchon wrote a book criticizing Puritanism.