Write On, Mississippi!
Write On, Mississippi: Season 3, Chapter 3: Michael Farris Smith
Season 3, Ep. 3
Author, Michael Farris Smith, sits down to talk with his buddy, PJ Lee, about his newest award-winning novel, BLACKWOOD.Michael Farris Smith is the award-winning author ofBlackwood,The Fighter,Desperation Road, andRivers. Hisnovels have appeared on Best of the Year lists withEsquire,Southern Living,Book Riot,and numerous others, and have been named Indie Next List, Barnes & Noble Discover, and Amazon Best of the Month selections.He has been a finalist for theSouthern Book Prize,theGold Dagger Awardin the UK, and theGrand Prix des Lectricesin France.Nick, his sixth novel, releases in January.He lives in Oxford, Mississippi, with his wife and daughters.
Write On, Mississippi: Season 3. Chapter 4: Dr. Nancy Bristow
Season 3, Ep. 4
Dr. Nancy Bristow joins C. Liegh McInnis in conversation about her new book, STEEPED IN THE BLOOD OF RACISMNancy K. Bristow has taught at theUniversity of Puget Sound in Tacoma, Washington, for thirty years, where she is a Distinguished Professor of History, serves on the Leadership Team of the Race and Pedagogy Institute, and helped found the African American Studies Program. An award-winning teacher, she is the author of three books, most recentlyAmerican Pandemic: Lost Worlds of the 1918 Influenza Epidemic(Oxford University Press, 2012) andSteeped in the Blood of Racism: Black Power, Law and Order, and the 1970 Shootings at Jackson State College(Oxford University Press, 2020), the subject of this event.C. Liegh McInnis is a poet, short story writer, author of eight books, former editor of Black Magnolias Literary Journal, and an English instructor at Jackson State University.
Write On, Mississippi: Season 3. Chapter 6: Angie Thomas and Nic Stone
Season 3, Ep. 6
Authors Angie Thomas & Nic Stone share a conversation with Tonja Murphy about life, writing & navigating new norms in the midst of a global pandemic.AngieThomas was born, raised, and still resides in Jackson, Mississippi as indicated by her accent. She is a former teen rapper whose greatest accomplishment was an article about her in Right-On Magazine with a picture included. She holds a BFA in Creative Writing from Belhaven University and an unofficial degree in Hip Hop. She can also still rap if needed. She is an inaugural winner of the Walter Dean Myers Grant 2015, awarded by We Need Diverse Books. Her award-winning, acclaimed debut novel,The Hate U Give,is a #1New York Timesbestseller and major motion picture from Fox 2000, starring Amandla Stenberg and directed by George Tillman, Jr. Her second novel,On the Come Up,is on sale now.Nic Stone was born and raised in a suburb of Atlanta, GA, and the only thing she loves more than an adventure is a good story about one. After graduating from Spelman College, she worked extensively in teen mentoring and lived in Israel for a few years before returning to the US to write full-time. Growing up with a wide range of cultures, religions, and backgrounds, Stone strives to bring these diverse voices and stories to her work.You can find her goofing off and/or fangirling over her adorable little family on most social media platforms.
Write On, Mississippi: Season 3. Chapter 5: 75th Anniversary of Richard Wright’s BLACK BOY
Season 3, Ep. 5
C. Liegh McInnis, Kiese Laymon, & Charlie Braxton join in conversation to discuss Richard Wright's BLACK BOY on the 75th anniversary of its publication
Write On, Mississippi Season 3, Chapter 7: Page to Screen
Season 3, Ep. 7
Mississippi Film Office Director, Nina Parikh, leads a conversation between author, Michael Farris Smith, and filmmakers, Graham & Parker Phillips to discuss adapting Smith's book, THE FIGHTER, to film.Graham and Parker Phillips are brother writer/directors based out of New York and Los Angeles. Parker studied literature at Bucknell University while Graham studied U.S. History at Princeton where he wrote his thesis on indigenous marginalization and resistance in the United States.Graham has performed in a variety of roles on stage, film and television, including leads in the films Goats, Evan Almighty, XOXO, Staten Island Summer and Blockers, as well as in the Broadway musical 13. He was also a series regular on The Good Wife and currently plays on Riverdale and Atypical.Their first short film, The Mediator, inspired by their father and set in 1890s gold country, won the 2015 Carmel International Film Festival. Their first feature, The Bygone, premiered at Austin, Bozeman and Deadcenter Film Festivals and was sold to Netflix.They are set to direct the feature Rumble Through the Dark, based on Michael Farris Smith’s novel The Fighter and produced by Cassian Elwes, as well as Blackwood, based on Smith’s most recent work of the same name. They are also executive producing an original drama series with Michael Farris Smith as well as a thriller series based on John Hart’s New York Times best-selling novel, Redemption Road.Michael Farris Smith is the award-winning author ofBlackwood,The Fighter,Desperation Road, andRivers. Hisnovels have appeared on Best of the Year lists withEsquire,Southern Living,Book Riot,and numerous others, and have been named Indie Next List, Barnes & Noble Discover, and Amazon Best of the Month selections.He has been a finalist for theSouthern Book Prize,theGold Dagger Awardin the UK, and theGrand Prix des Lectricesin France.Nick, his sixth novel, releases in January.He lives in Oxford, Mississippi, with his wife and daughters.
Write On, Mississippi: Season 3. Chapter 8: Natasha Trethewey
Season 3, Ep. 8
Former US Poet Laureate, Natasha Trethewey, talks with award-winning author, Kiese Laymon about her new memoir, MEMORIAL DRIVE.PRESENTED IN PARTNERSHIP WITH LEMURIA BOOKSTORE OF JACKSON, MS
Write On, Mississippi: Season 3. Chapter 9: Wayetu Moore
Season 3, Ep. 9
Wayétu Moore joins Dr. Ebony Lumumba in conversation about her new memoir, THE DRAGONS, THE GIANT, THE WOMENWayétu Moore is the author of the novel She Would Be King, named a best book of 2018 by Publishers Weekly, Booklist, Entertainment Weekly, and BuzzFeed. She is the founder of One Moore Book, a nonprofit organization that creates and distributes culturally relevant books for underrepresented readers. Her writing can be found in the Paris Review, Guernica, and the Atlantic, among other publications. Moore is a graduate of Howard University, Columbia university, and the University of Southern California. She lives in Brooklyn, New York.
Write On, Mississippi: Season 3, Chapter 10: Brittney Morris
Season 3, Ep. 10
Brittney Morris is the author ofSLAY. She is also the founder and former president of the Boston University Creative Writing Club. She holds a BA in economics. Brittney spends her spare time playing video games, slaying at DDR, and enjoying the Seattle rain from her apartment. She lives with her husband Steven, who would rather enjoy the rain from a campsite in the woods because he hasn’t played enough horror games. You can find her online at AuthorBrittneyMorris.com, on Twitter and Instagram — @BrittneyMMorris.
Write On, Mississippi: Season 3. Chapter 11: Roy DeBerry
Season 3, Ep. 11
A native of Holly Springs, Mississippi, Roy is the Executive Director and one of the founders of the Hill Country Project.He was active in the Civil Rights movement in the 1960s, first as a Freedom School student (whose teacher was Hill Country co-founder Aviva Futorian) and then as a general organizer.Roy earned his bachelor's degree in Sociology at Brandeis University in 1970. Continuing his education at Brandeis, he went on to earn a Masters and later a Doctorate in Political Science. He has also pursued additional studies at Jackson State University, Duke University, Carnegie-Mellon University, the University of Michigan and Harvard. Roy is certified to teach at the high school level, and has extensive administrative management experience. Roy believes firmly in education and strongly in a collaboration among education, human service, faith-based organizations and the business community. He also works to expand parent, community, alumni and business support for higher education.Active in many community, civic and professional organizations, Roy has received numerous awards and has been cited for outstanding achievements and contributions. Roy recently retired as Vice President for Economic Development and Local Governmental Affairs at Jackson State University. During his administrative tenure at Jackson State, he also served as Executive Vice President and Vice President of External Relations.He has a wife, Rubye and one daughter, Aisha Isoke.Pamela D.C. JuniorMotivational speaker, historian, and women’s activist, Pamela D.C. Junior is the newly appointed director of the Two Mississippi Museums in Jackson, Mississippi. As former manager of Smith Robertson Museum and Cultural Center, Pamela fought passionately and tirelessly to make the Museum a first-class place of interpretation, bringing the museum from financial struggles to features across the nation, most notably, one of CNN’s “50 States, 50 Spots”. After seventeen years of service at Smith Roberson, Pamela became the inaugural director of the first state-sponsored civil rights museum in the nation, the Mississippi Civil Rights Museums were she welcomed more than 250,000 visitors in her first year, and today, she is at the helm of the Two Mississippi Museums. Here she continues her tireless work to share the stories of Mississippi with audiences all over the world. She believes the stories told in the Museum of Mississippi History and the Mississippi Civil Rights Museum should be used as an educational tool for students. In her words, “If we teach children about the history of Mississippi—sharing the events that give us hope and bring us despair in a public space, where we see examples of people who never gave up, whose strength and tenacity can now give us hope and inspire us all to see others as we see ourselves— you will secure a twinkle in the eyes of many that will last a lifetime.”Pamela has been honored over the years for her professional work as well as her community work. In 2015, she was awarded the Margaret Walker Center’s coveted For My People Award, in 2018 she was selected for Visit Jackson’s Hometown Hero and the Magnolia Bar Association’s Harriet Tubman awards, and most recently, she was honored with the 2019 Association of African American Museums Museum Leadership Award for her work in the museum field.Pamela continues to serve her community with her recent appointments board member for Visit Jackson and advisory board member for the Mississippi Book Festival. She is also a member of Women for Progress of Mississippi. As a woman who knows that she did not get to this position without standing on the shoulders of many women whose vision for African Americans lives on today, she gives homage to the great women of her life such as her grandmother, mother, and mentors.Pamela is a native of Jackson, Mississippi, and earned a B.S. in Education, with a minor in Special Education from Jackson State University.