In his first nonfiction book, How the Word Is Passed, published in June by Little, Brown, poet and scholar Clint Smith delves into the legacy of slavery alive in the monuments and landmarks within and beyond the United States, in an immersive read that exquisitely depicts how a nation and its inhabitants remember its history.
This week’s installment of Ten Questions features Mariana Oliver and Julia Sanches, the author and the translator of Migratory Birds.
The author of I Know You Know Who I Am recalls his first attempt at writing a braided narrative.
“There were so many revelations I could only have reached through the process of putting memories on paper.” —Elizabeth Miki Brina, author of Speak, Okinawa
“Writing is revision. Period. That’s not glamorous, but it is rewarding.” —Robert Jones Jr., author of The Prophets
“You have to become the person who can write the book you’re working on.” —Zeyn Joukhadar, author of The Thirty Names of Night
“My Muse is with me always, everywhere.” —Valzhyna Mort, author of Music for the Dead and Resurrected
“Don’t ever find your voice.” —Khaled Mattawa, author of Fugitive Atlas
“Write with yourself and your own healing in mind, before you think of anyone else.” —Cicely Belle Blain, author of Burning Sugar
This week’s installment of Ten Questions features Ryad Girod and Chris Clarke, the author and the translator of the novel Mansour’s Eyes.