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A Response to Zetta Elliott’s “Minstrelsy is the New Black“. One of the most hard-hitting, unapologetic movies I have ever seen is Spike Lee’s “Bamboozled.” I was just out of college when I watched it on the big screen—young, angry, … Continue reading

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This lecture was an extension of my 2013-14 graduate thesis for the MFA program in Writing for Children and Young Adults at Vermont College of Fine Arts. I spent two years studying middle grade and Young Adult fiction that either … Continue reading

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I delivered the keynote address to the 2016 graduating class of Brownsville Academy High School. BAHS was featured on the news a few years ago for the innovative art program. BAHS is also a “last chance” high school, or “over-age, … Continue reading

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I was floored by this one. And it sent me over the moon. Simultaneously. I first discovered Edwidge Danticat’s Krik? Krak! in an Afrocentric book store in Green Acres Mall near my hometown of Cambria Heights, Queens. It was 1998 … Continue reading

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I really don’t know how blurbs from authors affect readers’ perception of any book. But as a debut author, they mean a whole lot to me. It means a hat tip and a nod of approval from fellow writers, comrades … Continue reading

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