March 2022

Who Am I, Anyway?

Our stories impress themselves upon us, sometimes more forcefully than expected. Acclaimed authors Nadia Owusu and Kiese Laymon join us to discuss their personal stories about the push and pull of belonging, about race and identity, about home, family, trauma and the courage required to face such challenges.

Kiese Laymon

Born and raised in Jackson, Miss., Kiese Laymon, Ottilie Schillig Professor in English and creative writing and the University of Mississippi, is the author of the novel "Long Division," the memoir "Heavy," and the essay collection "How to Slowly Kill Yourself and Others in America....

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Nadia Owusu

Nadia Owusu is a Brooklyn-based writer and urban planner. She is the recipient of a 2019 Whiting Award. Her first book is ”Aftershocks.” Owusu's lyric essay chapbook, “So Devilish a Fire,” was a winner of the TAR chapbook contest and was published in January 2019....

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