The author of Selected Books of the Beloved investigates the uses of specificity in narrative poetry.
In The Furrows, Namwali Serpell draws readers into the roiling nature of grief in a powerful narrative that explores memory, loss, and Black identity without resting on what she calls the “meaningless platitude” that art promotes empathy.
The author of Country of Origin listens to old-school Arabic music to help her render the mood of Egypt at the dawn of the postcolonial period.
The author of Country of Origin muses on the transporting power of photographs.
“I wrote this book with the constraint of honesty.” —Truong Tran, author of book of the other
“I was using the text as a future image of what my own life could be.” —Shayla Lawz, author of speculation, n.
“There was so much shame in this project for me to dispel and bury.” —Mahogany L. Browne, author of I Remember Death by Its Proximity to What I Love
“I find it really hard to follow a routine in almost every part of my life.” —Kat Chow, author of Seeing Ghosts
“Show up no matter what so your writing knows you are there.” —Azareen Van der Vliet Oloomi, author of Savage Tongues
This week’s installment of Ten Questions features Mariana Oliver and Julia Sanches, the author and the translator of Migratory Birds.