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Fresh from my summer in Finland, I sat down with long-time pal Deesha Philyaw for her crucial column VISIBLE in The Rumpus. According to The Rumpus, I talk about being a good literary citizen, the Finnish debut of her PBS documentary, and telling the truth about Black lives. According to my sources (i.e., my mum and Facebook feed) this detailed interview - with its shoutouts to digital platforms Ruskeat Tytöt (Brown Girls) and On She Goes; anthologies Family Trouble, Creating Nonfiction, and I'll Tell You Mine: 30 Years of Essays from the Iowa Nonfiction Writing Program; literary journals Away: Experiments in Travel & Telling and Cosmonauts Avenue; and travel writers Lola Akinmade Åkerström and Bani Amor - is everything.

Deesha Philyaw is the co-author of Co-Parenting 101: Helping Your Kids Thrive in Two Households After Divorce, written in collaboration with her ex-husband. Deesha's writing on race, parenting, gender, and culture has appeared in The New York Times, The Washington Post, The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette and Brevity; Stepmom, Essence, and Bitch magazines; and various anthologies. She's a Fellow at the Kimbilio Center for African American Fiction and a recent Pushcart Prize nominee for essay writing in Full Grown People. Deesha is a two-time recipient of an Advancing the Black Arts in Pittsburgh grant from The Pittsburgh Foundation and the Heinz Endowments.

#interview #travel #writing #mentoring #Documenta #Afroeuropean #TheRumpus #NonfictioNow #Nordic #VONAVoices

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