Write On, Mississippi!
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 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 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.