Selected Work


James Baldwin’s niece, Aisha Karefa-Smart, on the re-issue of Little Man, Little Man, September 2018

Esi Edugyan, author of Washington Black, September 2018

Interview with the hilarious & brave Sara Farizan, also a legend, September 2018

Interview with the legend, Jacqueline Woodson, September 2018

Interview with Olympian Ibtihaj Muhammad, Cover Story, August 2018

Children’s Author Barbara Binns on Courage, July 31, 2018



John David Washington on the Valuable Lessons He Learned on the Set of Spike Lee’s ‘Black KkKlansman’ Cover Story, August 2018


Finding Sanctuary at Jewish Surf Camp August 2018

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


Village Voice

On the fifth anniversary of Black Lives Matter, memoirs of the movement, and an assessment of Rest in Power: The Trayvon Martin Story July 2018

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

Building a Book Scene in the Bronx  May 2018

Literary Hub

From Apartment to Bryant Park: A Poetry Salon Grows Up July 2018

Harper’s Bazaar (US)

Everything is Love is the Ultimate Ode to Black Freedom June 2018


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

The Millions

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

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.)

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

My interview with the unparalleled Octavia Butler in 2004