Selected Work


Who Sank El Faro? An Interview with Rachel Slade May 2018

Village Voice

For Colored Girls When the Rainbow Flag is Not Enough June 2018

Building a Book Scene in the Bronx  May 2018

The Bronx is Blooming, but for Whom? May 2018


On travel & discovery in Italy: Florence, Rome and Naples May 2018

The New York Times

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

The Millions

Reconsidering Pablo Neruda in light of The Poet’s Calling June 2018

On Motherhood, Rumaan Alam and Sheila Heti May 2018

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

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

Because I can’t help myself & this actually happened…

My interview with the unparalleled Octavia Butler in 2004