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Writers on Writing with Dr. Brenda M. Greene

Writers on Writing Interview with L. Penelope

 Air Date: Sunday, April 28, 2024, and Sunday, May 5, 2024

Dr. Brenda Greene and award-winning author of fantasy and paranormal romance, L. Penelope, discuss her motivation for writing Black speculative fiction and the genesis and structure of her chronicle stories. The fiction of L. Penelope centers around Black women and focuses on themes related to history, politics, and romance. Black speculative fiction has exploded in print, film, television, and the media, and Greene and Penelope discuss its current state and future. Greene and Penelope also discuss her writing process and her podcast My Imaginary Friends, a weekly journal of her publishing life. Penelope’s debut novel, Song of Blood & Stone, was chosen as one of TIME Magazine’s 100 Best Fantasy Books of All Time. The novel also won the inaugural award for Best Self-Published Fiction from the Black Caucus of the American Library Association. Penelope is also an award-winning independent filmmaker and co-founder of a literary magazine.



Writers on Writing Interview with
Kadiatou Diallo,
Mother of Amadou Diallo 

On February 4, 1999, an unarmed 23-year-old Guinean student named Amadou Diallo was fired upon with 41 rounds.   The four officers who shot him were found not guilty.  Dr. Greene interviews Kadiatou Diallo, the mother of Amadou Diallo.  They discuss her memoir My Heart Will Cross This Ocean: My Story, My Son (One World, 2004), her son,  and the impact that the tragic killing had on her family.

Writers on Writing Interview with Jamilya Chisholm

Original Air Date: Sunday, March 31, 2024, and Sunday, April 7, 2024

Dr. Brenda Greene interviews N. Jamilya Chisholm, journalist and author of the memoir, The Community (Little A. New York, 2022). Greene and Chisholm discuss her motivation for writing this memoir, a chronicling of her childhood experience in a sect of Islam. Chisholm also delves into other topics that include mother/daughter relationships, the importance of community, literature as healing, and the impact of growing up in a spiritual community centered on Black pride and consciousness. Greene and Chisholm also discuss the challenges and rewards of writing memoirs.


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