Selected Work

The New York Times

What It’s Like to Be Black in Austin March 2018

Author Profiles

My interview with the unparalleled Octavia Butler in 2004 

A profile of Alice Walker ahead of the publication of Evelyn C. White’s biography, Alice Walker: A Life 

Victor LaValle, back in 2003


The Millions

Two Epic Love Stories for Black History Month and Every Other Month Too (An American Marriage and Their Eyes Were Watching God) February 2018

The Equality of Shame: On The Heart’s Invisible Furies by John Boyne August 2017


Kirkus Book Features

Jesamyn Ward on Men We Reaped

Wil Haygood on Showdown, his biography of Thurgood Marshall

Richard Williams, father and coach to Serena and Venus, on his memoir

Stanley Crouch on Kansas City Lightning

Much more at Kirkus Reviews, through September 2015, including Wil Haygood, Margo Jefferson, Jeff Chang & Edwidge Danticat 

Selected Essays

I Wish My Mother Would Call, Gawker

The Most Beautiful City in the World, (Edited versions appeared on PostBourgie & in the Austin American Statesman as well as The End of Austin.)

Dismantling Gender Bias, Sojourners