“Writers on Writing” Radio Show with
Dr. Brenda Greene, Executive Director
Featured Guest: Kiese Laymon
Re-air date: July 7, 2019
Sunday, February 25, 2018
Originally Aired October 2015
7 PM – 7:30 PM
Medgar Evers College, CUNY
WNYE 91.5 FM
Listen at https://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 is currently the Ottilie Schillig Professor of English and Creative Writing at the University of Mississippi. He served as the Distinguished Visiting Professor of Nonfiction at the University of Iowa in Fall 2017. Laymon is the author of the novel Long Division and a collection of essays, How to Slowly Kill Yourself and Others in America, and Heavy: An American Memoir. Heavy, winner of the Andrew Carnegie Medal, the LA Times Isherwood Prize for Autobiographical Prose and Audible’s Audiobook of the Year, was named one of the Best Books of 2018 by The New York Times, Publishers Weekly, NPR, Library Journal, and The Washington Post among other publications.
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