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 I had an interview with the blog site Write and Author,  a resource dedicated to helping writers develop their craft and offer advice on publishing.  I discussed my writing process, influences, and why I like to write. Some excerpts from the Q&A: What do you love most about the writing process?The excitement of not knowing […]

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 […]