“Writers on Writing” Radio Show with
Dr. Brenda Greene, Executive Director
Featured Guest: Kiese Laymon
Sunday, February 25, 2018
Originally Aired October 2015
7 PM – 7:30 PM
Medgar Evers College, CUNY
WNYE 91.5 FM
Listen at http://www.mec.cuny.edu/wmec-radio/
Dr. Brenda Greene interviews Kiese Laymon, author of the novel Long Division and a collection of essays, How to Slowly Kill Yourself and Others in America, which Dr. Greene describes as a “tour de force.” Laymon lays bare the roots of racism, of what it is like to grow up as a Black man in Southern America. The conversation focuses on his motivation for writing the book, his discussion of the people who influenced him as a writer and reader, his journey from Mississippi to Vassar, the impact of the South on hip-hop, and his message to writers and young people.
About the Author:
Kiese Laymon attended Millsaps College and Jackson State University before graduating from Oberlin College. He earned an MFA from Indiana University and is currently an associate professor of English at Vassar College. He was selected a member of the Root 100 in 2013 and 2014. He has written essays and stories for numerous publications, including Esquire, ESPN, Colorlines, NPR, Gawker, The Los Angeles Times, PEN Journal, Truthout, Longman’s Hip Hop Reader, The Best American Series, Guernica, and The Guardian. Long Division won the 2014 Saroyan International Writing Award and was short-listed for the Ernest Gaines Award. Three essays in How to Slowly Kill Yourself and Others in America have been included in the Best American series, the Best of Net Award, and the Atlantic’s Best Essays of 2013.
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