Writing links

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Writing samples, reviews and more:

Story “White Oak”in literary/photography/art journal, The Scream Online

Paris Play

101 Words

Ms. Aligned anthology (forthcoming)

Bellingham Review


Book forums: http://www.mothering.com/forum/15-books-music-media/120788-my-read-everything-but-burden-what-white-people-taking-black-culture.html


Author interview: http://www.mamacreate.com/?p=76


Featured writing

Burt and Mary were my great-grandparents. Houston, the unborn baby in this story, was my mother’s father, my grandfather. While I don’t know most of the facts around Burt’s lynching (Grandma Mary never wanted to talk about it), the writing of “White Oak” is an attempt to acknowledge what happened to him, to Mary and, really, to all of us.

I remember Grandma Mary well. After my mother divorced my father in the late 1970s, we moved in with my grandparents. Grandma Mary was living with them because her declining health had forced her to leave her farm.

Mary’s eyelids were like the insides of black olives, velvety and moist. Her mouth was usually full of snuff and judgmental grunts. But I remember what was sweet about her: her teacakes, the faintly sweet, soft biscuits she made from scratch, the aroma of butter, brown sugar, and vanilla rising from the oven. When the teacakes were done, she would sift them with a few dusts of flour. “Eat, eat,” she would say, and we would grab the cakes while they were still hot, biting down into the powdery golden flesh.

To read the story, please click here.