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Black Talk, Black Feeling with The Believer

Fri, November 13 from 5:00 pm - 6:00 pm PST
Livestream at PDXBookFest.org


Black Talk, Black Feeling is a conversation series inspired by the ethos of Nikki Giovanni’s foundational poetry book Black Feeling, Black Talk. Conceived by Believer editors Ismail Muhammad and Niela Orr during the uprisings over the police murders of George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, and others, the series is intended to connect this critical moment to others in the past, establishing a link between the conversations folks are having now with the discussions that have been ongoing in Black writing communities. The hope is to offer a discursive snapshot of this moment that can be an archive for other Black writers, and other Black people who find it helpful. The first installment featured Cassie Owens, Danielle A. Jackson, and Hanif Abdurraqib, and the second entry comprised Namwali Serpell, Brit Bennett, and Brontez Purnell.

Black Talk, Black Feeling at Portland Book Festival will feature: novelist and short story author Danielle Evans, young adult author Bethany C. Morrow, and poet Khadijah Queen.

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Danielle Evans

Danielle Evans is the author of the story collection Before You Suffocate Your Own Fool Self, winner of the PEN America PEN/Robert W. Bingham prize, the Hurston/Wright Legacy Award, and the Paterson Prize, and a National Book Foundation "5 under 35" selection. Her stories have appeared in many magazines and anthologies, including The Best American Short Stories. She teaches in The Writing Seminars at Johns Hopkins University. Her most recent book is The Office of Historical Corrections.

Purchase The Office of Historical Corrections from Powell's Books, one of our Portland-based, independent bookstore partners HERE.

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Bethany C. Morrow

Bethany C. Morrow is a recovering expat recently returning from six years in Montreal, Quebec, to live and write in north country, New York. A California native, Bethany graduated from the University of California, Santa Cruz with a BA in Sociology. Following undergrad, she studied Clinical Psychological Research at the University of Wales, Bangor, in Great Britain before returning to North America to focus on her literary work. She is the author of the adult novel Mem (Unnamed Press) and the editor of the young adult anthology Take the Mic (Arthur A. Levine Books). A Song Below Water is her debut standalone young adult novel.

Purchase A Song Below Water from Powell's Books, one of our Portland-based, independent bookstore partners HERE.

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Khadijah Queen

Khadijah Queen is the author of ConduitBlack PeculiarFearful BelovedNon-Sequitur, and I’m So Fine: A List of Famous Men & What I Had On. Her latest book is Anodyne. A finalist for the National Poetry Series, the Balcones Poetry Prize, and the CLMP Firecracker Award in Fiction, she is an assistant professor of creative writing at University of Colorado at Boulder, and serves as core faculty for the low-residency Mile-High MFA program at Regis University.

Purchase Anodyne from Powell's Books, one of our Portland-based, independent bookstore partners HERE.

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Ismail Muhammad

Ismail Muhammad is the criticism editor of The Believer, a contributing editor at ZYZZYVA, and a contributing writer at The Nation. His work has appeared in The Atlantic, New York Times Book Review, and other publications.
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Niela Orr

Niela Orr is a deputy editor of The Believer, a columnist at The Baffler, and contributing editor of The Organist podcast. A 2019 Eleanor Kagi Foundation Writer-in-Residence at the Black Mountain Institute, she is now BMI's inaugural Sidney and Bébé Wolf Fellow. Her writing has appeared in The New York Times Book Review, BuzzFeed, ElleGlamourHarper's Bazaar, and McSweeney's Quarterly.
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