Author of four novels; the newest, The Taste of Salt, was published in September 2011 and named one of the best novels of the year by the San Francisco Chronicle and the Boston Globe. Recipient of fellowships from MacDowell Colony, Virginia Center for the Creative Arts and Bread Loaf Writers Conference. “Writers Like Me,” her essay published in The New York Times Book Review, appears in the anthology Best African American Essays 2009. Previous nonfiction articles have appeared in The New York Times Magazine, O, Entertainment Weekly, and Essence. She is at work on a new novel. SLC, 2013-
This craft class will focus on reading short stories (and maybe one novel) by women writers of any race and both male and female writers of color (basically, no white guys. Cheever is one of my favorites but....) There will be a couple of craft lectures but mostly we will examine them through close readings for craft, writing short responses and taking them apart to see how they work, how they use the various tools of fiction (and what we as writers can learn from them to use in our own work). Beyond those traditional goals of a craft class, there will be brief consideration of how these works function in the larger context of literature, given the difficult place they have occupied in the culture and the political/gender issues that some of the work raises.