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In this monthly series, co-hosts Jennifer Keishin Armstrong and Zakiya Dalila Harris discuss the professional feuds, sex scandals, messy public breakups, and controversial legacies of history’s literary legends and how those are relevant in light of current culture, issues, discussions and literature. By bringing these authors to life through a modern lens, we’ll gain a deeper understanding of their work and legacies.

Dead Writer Drama The American Writers Museum

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In this monthly series, co-hosts Jennifer Keishin Armstrong and Zakiya Dalila Harris discuss the professional feuds, sex scandals, messy public breakups, and controversial legacies of history’s literary legends and how those are relevant in light of current culture, issues, discussions and literature. By bringing these authors to life through a modern lens, we’ll gain a deeper understanding of their work and legacies.

    Episode 5: Pauli Murray

    Episode 5: Pauli Murray

    This month, co-hosts Jennifer and Zakiya discuss the incredible life and work of Pauli Murray with Barbara Lau, Executive Director of the Pauli Murray Center for History and Social Justice.



    Pauli Murray lived one of the most remarkable lives of the twentieth century. She was the first Black person to earn a JSD degree from Yale Law School, a founder of the National Organization for Women and the first Black woman to be ordained an Episcopal priest.



    Pauli Murray’s legal arguments and interpretation of the US Constitution were winning strategies for public school desegregation, women’s rights in the workplace, and an extension of rights to LGBTQ+ people based on Title VII of the 1964 Civil Rights Act.



    The American Writers Museum presents this podcast as a small preview of its upcoming exhibit and content initiative, Dark Testament: A Century of Black Writers on Justice. This initiative will launch in stages across 2022 and takes its name from Pauli Murray’s amazing poem, Dark Testament as both her work and her story are fundamental example of the continual resonance of the powerful writing from black writers from the Civil War through the Civil Rights Era that still reflect and shape the world today.



    About the hosts: Jennifer Keishin Armstrong is the author of the New York Times bestseller Seinfeldia and her new book When Women Invented Television. Zakiya Dalila Harris’ debut novel, The Other Black Girl, is a New York Times bestseller and is available from Atria Books in the US, and Bloomsbury Books in the UK.

    • 50 min
    Episode 4: James Baldwin

    Episode 4: James Baldwin

    This month, co-hosts Jennifer and Zakiya discuss the legacy of James Baldwin with Robert Jones, Jr., the author of the New York Times Instant Bestselling novel, The Prophets. Robert received his B.F.A., magna cum laude, in creative writing, and M.F.A. in fiction from Brooklyn College. He is a member of the Phi Beta Kappa honor society. He has written for numerous publications, including The New York Times, Essence, and The Paris Review. He is the creator and curator of the social-justice, social-media community Son of Baldwin, which has over 280,000 followers across platforms.

    About the hosts: Jennifer Keishin Armstrong is the author of the New York Times bestseller Seinfeldia and her new book When Women Invented Television. Zakiya Dalila Harris’ debut novel, The Other Black Girl, is available from Atria Books in the US, and Bloomsbury Books in the UK.

    • 41 min
    Episode 3: Ernest Hemingway & F. Scott Fitzgerald

    Episode 3: Ernest Hemingway & F. Scott Fitzgerald

    This month, co-hosts Jennifer and Zakiya discuss the relationship between Ernest Hemingway and F. Scott Fitzgerald with Amanda Vaill, the author of the bestselling Everybody Was So Young: Gerald and Sara Murphy—A Lost Generation Love Story, which was a finalist for the National Book Critics Circle Award in biography, and Somewhere: The Life of Jerome Robbins, for which she was awarded a Guggenheim fellowship. In addition to her screenplay for the Emmy– and Peabody Award–winning public television documentary Jerome Robbins: Something to Dance About, she has also written features and criticism for a range of journals from Allure to The Washington Post Book World.


    About the hosts: Jennifer Keishin Armstrong is the author of the New York Times bestseller Seinfeldia and the upcoming book When Women Invented Television, available March 23rd. Zakiya Dalila Harris’ debut novel, The Other Black Girl, comes out June 1st from Atria Books in the US, and Bloomsbury Books in the UK.

    • 53 min
    Episode 2: Ray Bradbury & the FBI

    Episode 2: Ray Bradbury & the FBI

    This month, co-hosts Jennifer and Zakiya discuss Ray Bradbury, exploring how he defended freedom of imagination throughout his career, from using his science fiction to point out the evils of authoritarianism to publishing the incendiary classic Fahrenheit 451 to fighting McCarthyism. The guest for this episode is Jon Eller, co-founder of the Center for Ray Bradbury Studies and a chancellor’s professor emeritus at Indiana University School of Liberal Arts. 

    About the hosts: Jennifer Keishin Armstrong is the author of the New York Times bestseller Seinfeldia and the upcoming book When Women Invented Television, available March 23rd. Zakiya Dalila Harris’ debut novel, The Other Black Girl, comes out June 1st from Atria Books in the US, and Bloomsbury Books in the UK.

    • 55 min
    Episode 1: Langston Hughes & Zora Neale Hurston

    Episode 1: Langston Hughes & Zora Neale Hurston

    In this monthly series, co-hosts Jennifer Keishin Armstrong and Zakiya Dalila Harris discuss the professional feuds, sex scandals, messy public breakups, and controversial legacies of history’s literary legends and how those are relevant in light of current culture, issues, discussions and literature. The first episode examines the feud between Langston Hughes and Zora Neale Hurston with guest Yuval Taylor, author of Zora and Langston: A Story of Friendship and Betrayal.

    • 44 min

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