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Black & Published brings you the journeys of writers, poets, playwrights, and storytellers of all kinds to discuss what it means to be a writer, dissect the writing process, and demystify the steps between concept and publication.

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Black & Published brings you the journeys of writers, poets, playwrights, and storytellers of all kinds to discuss what it means to be a writer, dissect the writing process, and demystify the steps between concept and publication.

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English

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Episodes
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Giving Too Much with Walela Nehanda

7/16/2024
This week on Black & Published, Nikesha speaks with Walela Nehanda, author of, Bless the Blood: A Cancer Memoir. As a Black, non-binary, disability justice advocate and stem-cell transplant survivor, Walela's book is an outgrowth of their time and work as a slam poet. In our conversation, Walela, explains why even though their publishing journey may seem like a Cinderella story, they definitely put in their 10,000 hours. The moment they fell in love with poetry. And why their therapist said their life was a documentary on “physical torture.” Support the Show. Follow the Show: IG: @blkandpublished Twitter: @BLKandPublished Follow Me: IG: @nikesha_elise Twitter: @Nikesha_Elise Website: www.newwrites.com

Duration:00:46:32

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Joy Before the Message with Antwan Eady & Jarrett and Jerome Pumphrey

7/9/2024
This week on Black & Published, Nikesha speaks with the authors and illustrators of the children's picture book, The Last Stand. Written by Antwan Eady and illustrated by the brothers Jarrett and Jerome Pumphrey, The Last Stand is a book that honors the legacy and sacrifices of Black farmers by focusing on the joy found in community. In our conversation, Antwan, Jarrett, and Jerome discuss how they got out of their own way and made sure to write books they enjoy. Plus, why there was a 20 year gap between the Pumphrey brothers’ first and second picture book and how the publishing industry has changed in those two decades. And, the three layers Antwan, Jarrett, and Jerome make sure are present in their stories so that everyone can get something out of them no matter where or what age they are in life. Support the Show. Follow the Show: IG: @blkandpublished Twitter: @BLKandPublished Follow Me: IG: @nikesha_elise Twitter: @Nikesha_Elise Website: www.newwrites.com

Duration:00:46:11

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Don't Doubt Yourself with Avery Cunningham

7/2/2024
This week on Black & Published, Nikesha speaks with Avery Cunningham, author of the novel, The Mayor of Maxwell Street. Avery is a resident of Memphis, TN, and a 2016 graduate of DePaul University’s Master of Arts Writing & Publishing program. She has over a decade of editorial experience with various literary magazines, small presses, and best-selling authors. In our conversation, Avery discusses how writing about Chicago at the turn of the 20th century was really an opportunity to write about America. Why she says both the Windy City and the U.S.A, are more bento box than melting pot. And, the ultimatum Avery gave herself about writing that was steeped in her own fears and doubts. Support the Show. Follow the Show: IG: @blkandpublished Twitter: @BLKandPublished Follow Me: IG: @nikesha_elise Twitter: @Nikesha_Elise Website: www.newwrites.com

Duration:00:47:52

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What is Home with Donna Hemans

6/25/2024
This week on Black & Published, Nikesha speaks with Donna Hemans, author of the novel, The House of Plain Truth. Born in Jamaica and currently residing in the DMV area, Donna is the author of the novels River Woman and Tea by the Sea. Works that all center the Caribbean experience. In our conversation, Donna discusses the book that made her want to be a writer. Plus, the lesson she learned about writing the story you want to tell no matter the pressures of the publishing industry. And why she’s still wrestling with how to define and hold on to home. Support the Show. Follow the Show: IG: @blkandpublished Twitter: @BLKandPublished Follow Me: IG: @nikesha_elise Twitter: @Nikesha_Elise Website: www.newwrites.com

Duration:00:42:10

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The Artist's Impulse with Crystal Wilkinson

6/18/2024
This week on Black & Published, Nikesha speaks with Crystal Wilkinson, author of the cookbook memoir, Praisesong for the Kitchen Ghosts. A poet, a novelist, and an essayist, Wilkinson is a recipient of an NAACP Image Award for Outstanding Poetry and was recently named a 2024 Writing Freedom Fellow. In our conversation, we discuss why she says she’s never writing solely for publication. How she’s haunted by her own artistic impulses and how she squares being a radical feminist with her deep knowledge of the kitchen, foodways and the power that comes from feeding her family. Support the Show. Follow the Show: IG: @blkandpublished Twitter: @BLKandPublished Follow Me: IG: @nikesha_elise Twitter: @Nikesha_Elise Website: www.newwrites.com

Duration:00:49:40

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Transformation Isn't Easy with Maya Golden

6/11/2024
This week on Black & Published, Nikesha speaks with Maya Golden, author of the memoir, The Return Trip. Maya is the founder of the 1 in 3 foundation which provides recovery tools and support for survivors of sexual abuse. An organization she started after she went on her own road to healing through body based therapy that helped her overcome her trauma and sex addiction. In our conversation, we discuss how Maya initially planned to pen her memoir as a fictional story. How she’s learning to belong to herself. And, how she hid behind perfectionism as a wife, mother, and in her work and what she’s doing now to give her self grace and live free of shame. Support the Show. Follow the Show: IG: @blkandpublished Twitter: @BLKandPublished Follow Me: IG: @nikesha_elise Twitter: @Nikesha_Elise Website: www.newwrites.com

Duration:00:48:49

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Black Women Teach Us with Dr. Jenn M. Jackson

6/4/2024
This week on Black & Published, Nikesha speaks with Dr. Jenn M. Jackson, author of the book, Black Women Taught Us: An Intimate History of Black Feminism. Dr. Jackson (they/them) is a genderflux androgynous Black woman, a lesbian, an abolitionist, and a lover of all Black people, They are an Assistant Professor at Syracuse University in the Department of Political Science where their primary research is in Black Politics with a focus on racial threat and trauma, gender and sexuality, political behavior, and social movements. In our conversation, Dr. Jackson explains why she wove her own personal story with critical analysis to examine the lives of Black feminists through the ages from Harriet Jacobs and Ida B. Wells to Angela Davis and bell hooks . Jenn says this book allowed them to pay homage and give tribute to foremothers and ancestors who often go unacknowledged and unseen. Support the Show. Follow the Show: IG: @blkandpublished Twitter: @BLKandPublished Follow Me: IG: @nikesha_elise Twitter: @Nikesha_Elise Website: www.newwrites.com

Duration:00:52:14

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The Spine of America with Ashton Lattimore

5/28/2024
This week on Black & Published, Nikesha speak with Ashton Lattimore, author of the historical novel, All We Were Promised. The novel that follows three young Black women in 19th century Philadelphia. One is born free. One is enslaved. And the third is free-ish: she self-emancipated with her father who’s maintaining their liberation by passing for white. Ashton is the Editor-in-Chief of the non-profit news outlet, Prism. A position she came to after realizing she did not enjoy her career in law. In our conversation, Ashton discusses why she never doubted her ambitions to become a published author. Plus, how Les Miserable inspired the plot of the novel. And, the hidden pieces of history she hopes to uncover to help America rediscover its true self. Support the Show. Follow the Show: IG: @blkandpublished Twitter: @BLKandPublished Follow Me: IG: @nikesha_elise Twitter: @Nikesha_Elise Website: www.newwrites.com

Duration:00:49:01

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Engineering the Story with Vanessa Riley

5/21/2024
This week on Black & Published, Nikesha speaks with Vanessa Riley, author of the historical fiction romance novel, Queen of Exiles. An engineer and self-proclaimed math nerd, Vanessa applies her inventive and analytical mindset to her creative writing. Her historical novels showcase the hidden histories of Black women and women of color, emphasizing strong sisterhoods and dazzling multicultural communities. In our conversation, Vanessa outlines the two engineering questions she always asks herself to guide her storytelling. Plus, why she believes money trumps race. And, why she refuses to run from or be ashamed of history in telling a story about the good, bad, and ugly of Haiti and how the first Black nation was robbed, pillaged, and plundered. Support the Show. Follow the Show: IG: @blkandpublished Twitter: @BLKandPublished Follow Me: IG: @nikesha_elise Twitter: @Nikesha_Elise Website: www.newwrites.com

Duration:00:48:54

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The Misunderstanding of Haitians with Juliana Lamy

5/14/2024
This week on Black & Published, Nikesha speaks with Juliana Lamy, author of the short story collection, You Were Watching From the Sand. A Haitian writer, Juliana says her collection is preoccupied with what it means to be Haitian and the honesty of that lived experience. In our conversation, Juliana, who is a graduate of Harvard and the Iowa Writers Workshop, explains how she creates rhythm and lyricism that translates into English as well as Haitian Kreyol. Plus, the reason she says she isn't ready to commit to a literary agent despite having published a book. And, how she's correcting the record about the cultural and spiritual importance of Vodun. Support the Show. Follow the Show: IG: @blkandpublished Twitter: @BLKandPublished Follow Me: IG: @nikesha_elise Twitter: @Nikesha_Elise Website: www.newwrites.com

Duration:00:47:03

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Free Rein to Write with Shannon Sanders

5/7/2024
This week on Black & Published, Nikesha speaks with Shannon Sanders, author of the short story collection, Company. A lawyer by trade, Shannon came to crafting her award-winning collection after attending several writing workshops and having to produce on a deadline. In our conversation, Shannon explains why she thinks about what's enjoyable for her reader as she's creating new work. Plus, what she believes it means to leave an inheritance and legacy in the Black community. And, how eavesdropping helps her accurately excavate the interior lives of bougie Black folk. Support the Show. Follow the Show: IG: @blkandpublished Twitter: @BLKandPublished Follow Me: IG: @nikesha_elise Twitter: @Nikesha_Elise Website: www.newwrites.com

Duration:00:45:03

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From the Stage to the Page with Rudy Francisco

4/30/2024
This week on Black & Published, Nikesha speaks with Rudy Francisco, author of the poetry collection, Excuse Me As I Kiss the Sky. Rudy is a renowned spoken word artist who has published two previous collections: Helium (2017) and I'll Fly Away (2020). As a spoken word artist, Rudy said taking his work from the stage to the page allowed him to grow and write about more than one topic. In our conversation, Rudy explains how he tries to show the accuracy of his humanity instead of a balance between joy and pain, happiness or sadness. Plus, the reason he believes the rift between poets who focus on writing and spoken word artists is closing. And, how his jump to the page was thanks to a few friends who turned their YouTube channel into a publishing house. Support the Show. Follow the Show: IG: @blkandpublished Twitter: @BLKandPublished Follow Me: IG: @nikesha_elise Twitter: @Nikesha_Elise Website: www.newwrites.com

Duration:00:44:48

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Deconstructing Color, Race & Caste with Roberto Carlos Garcia

4/23/2024
This week on Black & Published, Nikesha speaks with Roberto Carlos Garcia, author of the poetry anthology, What Can I Tell You. Roberto is the author of three previous poetry collections Elegies, black / Maybe: An Afro Lyric, and Melancolía. In our conversation, Roberto discusses unlearning the ways in which colonialism have infected the mind. How anti-Blackness begins at home in some Afro-Latin communities, and the reason he believes spoken word is poetry in its purest form. Support the Show. Follow the Show: IG: @blkandpublished Twitter: @BLKandPublished Follow Me: IG: @nikesha_elise Twitter: @Nikesha_Elise Website: www.newwrites.com

Duration:00:47:10

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Women Will Resist with Tracey Rose Peyton

4/16/2024
This week on Black & Published, Nikesha speaks with Tracey Rose Peyton, author of the novel, Night Wherever We Go. The novel follows the lives of six enslaved women on a struggling plantation in Texas. When their owners The Lucy's, nicknamed after Lucifer himself, come up with a plan to increase their prosperity through reproduction, the women refuse despite the consequences of such open rebellion. In our conversation, Tracey discusses the years she spent researching the novel as well as developing her skill as a storyteller. The personal fears she had to face to break the book open and write honestly about the experiences of her characters. And the reason Tracey felt she had to hide her identity as a writer so much that work colleagues thought she was in rehab. Support the Show. Follow the Show: IG: @blkandpublished Twitter: @BLKandPublished Follow Me: IG: @nikesha_elise Twitter: @Nikesha_Elise Website: www.newwrites.com

Duration:00:45:42

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Answering the Call with Kim Johnson

4/9/2024
This week on Black & Published Nikesha speaks with Kim Johnson, author of the YA novel, Invisible Son. The book is set in Oregon during the height of the COVID pandemic in 2020. A setting Kim chose to bear witness to all that was happening while also balancing the trauma of that year with its triumphs as well. In our conversation, Kim readily admits that she came to writing late in life. She explains the feeling of being woken up out of her sleep to pursue a dream she never knew she had. Plus, how she used the specificity of niceness in the Pacific Northwest to infuse a more sinister plot into her novel. And how she really feels about being an author whose book is banned. Support the Show. Follow the Show: IG: @blkandpublished Twitter: @BLKandPublished Follow Me: IG: @nikesha_elise Twitter: @Nikesha_Elise Website: www.newwrites.com

Duration:00:40:04

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A Measure of Forgiveness with Jennifer Baker

4/2/2024
This week on Black and Published, Nikesha speaks with Jennifer Baker, author of the YA novel, Forgive Me Not. The story centers the life, loves and struggles of a teenaged Black girl to explore the pitfalls and failures of mass incarceration and carceral systems. In our conversation, Jennifer opens up about how she stayed motivated to continue writing while working for some twenty years in the publishing industry. Plus, the reality show that sparked the idea for her novel, and the reason she believes individual power is the first step toward dismantling the penal system as we know it. Support the Show. Follow the Show: IG: @blkandpublished Twitter: @BLKandPublished Follow Me: IG: @nikesha_elise Twitter: @Nikesha_Elise Website: www.newwrites.com

Duration:00:48:43

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Anger is a Muse with Lamya H

3/26/2024
This week on Black and Published, Nikesha speaks with Lamya H, author of the memoir, Hijab Butch Blues. The book is an in depth extension of the personal essays Lamya has penned for years. Their writing has appeared in Vice, Salon, Vox, Black Girl Dangerous, Autostraddle, and the Los Angeles Review of Books. They are a former Lambda Literary Fellow and currently live in New York with their partner. In our conversation, Lamya explains how they've carved out a life that works for them despite the rigidity of systems of faith and gender expression. The reason they said forgetting was necessary for them to live and the two beliefs they hold about God that helps them get out of bed in the morning. Support the Show. Follow the Show: IG: @blkandpublished Twitter: @BLKandPublished Follow Me: IG: @nikesha_elise Twitter: @Nikesha_Elise Website: www.newwrites.com

Duration:00:44:41

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The Peace of Truth with K E Garland

3/19/2024
This week on Black and Published, Nikesha speaks with K E Garland, author of the memoir, In Search of a Salve: Memoir of a Sex Addict. K E Garland is an award-winning creative nonfiction writer and blogger who uses personal essays and memoir to de-marginalize women's experiences with an intent to highlight and humanize contemporary issues including adoption and addiction. In our conversation, K E discusses how she confronted the truth with her loved ones especially her husband, as well as how she learned to have compassion for herself and her family despite the many traumas she experienced. And the reason she says the rest of her life will be dedicated to writing instead of working hard. Support the Show. Follow the Show: IG: @blkandpublished Twitter: @BLKandPublished Follow Me: IG: @nikesha_elise Twitter: @Nikesha_Elise Website: www.newwrites.com

Duration:00:44:30

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Empathy & Understanding to Heal with Kim Coleman Foote

3/12/2024
This week on Black and Published, Nikesha speaks with Kim Coleman Foote, author of the biomthyography novel, Coleman Hill. The novel draws from Kim's own family legend, historical record, and fervent imagination to create an unforgettable new history. In our conversation, Kim discusses how she came to tell the story of her family while she was working on another novel. Plus, how she got over her own jealousy of other writers whose books were published before her. And, what it feels like to live her dreams after querying agents and trying to get published since she was 12 years old. Support the Show. Follow the Show: IG: @blkandpublished Twitter: @BLKandPublished Follow Me: IG: @nikesha_elise Twitter: @Nikesha_Elise Website: www.newwrites.com

Duration:00:39:44

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A Love Letter for the Girlies with Liv Little

3/5/2024
This week on Black and Published, Nikesha speaks with Liv Little, author of the novel, Rosewater. A writer of Jamaican and Guyanese descent living in South London, Liv tells stories about the people and places that matter to her; specifically the Black, queer, femme community. In our conversation, Liv discusses why she was dedicated to illustrating the ways Black, queer and femme communities show up and support one another. She also explains why it was important to explore the roots of homophobia and heteronormativity and how it's weaponized against queer communities. And how she made sure her heroine's journey of self discovery was filled with friendship, love, and sex. Support the Show. Follow the Show: IG: @blkandpublished Twitter: @BLKandPublished Follow Me: IG: @nikesha_elise Twitter: @Nikesha_Elise Website: www.newwrites.com

Duration:00:44:26