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WWPH Writes Up and Running

  Launching this year, the Washington Writers’ Publishing House’s online journal “WWPH Writes” is in full swing. Kudos to the fiction editor Caroline Bock for getting the effort off the ground. Submission is free. Any monies raised through the tip jar will go to support WWPH’s operations costs. Please see the WWPH Submittable page for more […]

A Different Kind of Writing Project

Statesboro HIgh and Industrial School Historical Marker, Statesboro, Georgia, October 2019 Recently I had the opportunity to collaborate on writing the words for a historical marker honoring the site of an African-American high school my great-grandfather William James helped to start and lead in Statesboro, Georgia in the early 1900s. Some thoughts and reflections on that experience.  As an English major in college, I was required […]

Toni Morrison, 1931 – 2019

Ms. Morrison Toni Morrison passed today. As the accolades and memories pour in, I am remembering tackling “Song of Solomon” freshman year and invoking her in one of my 2016 readings for “Strivers and Other Stories.” Some notes from that reading: Thanks for coming and giving me a bit of your weekend time. Your support is definitely […]

“Cotton Compress” Published in Callaloo 40.2

  My story “Cotton Compress” was published in the Callaloo Journal’s latest issue, #40.2. Many thanks to Ravi Howard–who led a great workshop I participated in at Callaloo’s 2016 Oxford creative writing workshop session– for recommending my submission. Also many thanks to  Melanie Hatter, who provided key edits to the story and made it much, much better and […]

Tin House Summer Workshop

Coming back from another spirited, challenging and enlightening workshop week, this time the notable Tin House Summer Workshop held at Reed College in Portland, Oregon. I participated in one of the novel workshops led by the gracious and energetic (and fellow native Georgian!) Tayari Jones. In the midst of her book tour for “An America […]

Aspen Words; Words in Aspen

In the wake of celebrating the life of my father, the Aspen Words writing workshop in Aspen, Colorado provided a breezy clean-air escape—again—into the “serious” literary world: Manhattan agents and editors. MFA grads. Tea drinkers. Brows that furrow at the mere mention of a certain current White House occupant. And us “emerging” writers gasping at humble-bragged mentions of […]

“This is America” — Podcasting… Just for Fun

A casual chat in the studio with some old friends at “We R Sumthin Else.” Talking about Donald Glover, #AtlantaFX, Kanye, growing up in the South, America, white supremacy, living your best life– and oh, yeah,  a bit about “Strivers and Other Stories” too. Check it out. (And all their other episodes too).

Write and Author Interview

Interview in Write and Author Interview in Write and Author,  a writers’ resource dedicated to helping writers develop their craft and offer advice on publishing.  I discuss my writing process, influences and why I like to write.

My First Time at AWP; Panels, Nose Rings and Hip Hop

  Attended my first AWP conference this week and participated in WWPH’s panel on running a small press. 12K writers converged on DC and our sprawling convention center for 3 days of panels, readings, a massive book fair and that kind of casual social freedom people have when being amongst their own kind. Lots of […]

“Strivers” Selected for Writers in Schools Program

PEN/Faulkner Writers in Schools “Strivers” was selected for inclusion in the PEN/Faulkner Writers in Schools Program which is a literary arts outreach program that brings free copies of contemporary works of literature into Washington, DC schools, and arranges for the authors of those works to visit classrooms and discuss literature and the writing life. Teachers can request a visit via […]

Sankofa Video Books and Cafe Reading

Robert J Williams Reading at Sankofa Video Books and Cafe, Washington, DC Many thanks to Haile and Shirikiana Gerima and the staff at Sankofa Video, Books and Cafe for organizing the “Strivers and Other Stories” reading held Saturday November 12. It was a wonderful intimate space in the shadows of Howard University across the street. I felt the warmth of the legacy of the African-American literary tradition surrounding […]