48 episodes

Black Market Reads is a menu for Black literary consumption and all of its spin-offs. Featuring Black artists who love to read and write and engage in arts and culture.

PRODUCER: The Givens Foundation for African American Literature
PRODUCTION SERVICES: iDream.tv
MUSIC: Sarah White - Through People [M¥K Remix]

BMR is made possible through the generous support of our individual donors, Target Foundation, and the voters of Minnesota, through a Minnesota State Arts Board Operating Support grant thanks to a legislative appropriation from the arts and cultural heritage fund.

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Black Market Reads is a menu for Black literary consumption and all of its spin-offs. Featuring Black artists who love to read and write and engage in arts and culture.

PRODUCER: The Givens Foundation for African American Literature
PRODUCTION SERVICES: iDream.tv
MUSIC: Sarah White - Through People [M¥K Remix]

BMR is made possible through the generous support of our individual donors, Target Foundation, and the voters of Minnesota, through a Minnesota State Arts Board Operating Support grant thanks to a legislative appropriation from the arts and cultural heritage fund.

    Episode 47 - J.Drew Lanham

    Episode 47 - J.Drew Lanham

    In this special episode, J. Drew Lanham, wildlife biologist, poetm and author of The Home Place: Memoirs of a Colored Man's Love Affair with Nature, speaks with guest-host poet and essayist, Michael Kleber-Diggs. The interview was recorded at The Loft Literary Center in Minneapolis in 2017.

    More at www.BlackMarketReads.com

    • 56 min
    Episode 46 - Remembering Toni Morrison at the 2019 Twin Cities Book Festival

    Episode 46 - Remembering Toni Morrison at the 2019 Twin Cities Book Festival

    In this episode, recorded live at the 2019 Twin Cities Book Festival, Lissa speaks with authors about the work, life, and legacy of Toni Morrison. The episode was recorded in partnership with Rain Taxi Review of Books.

    Featured in the episode: A. Rafael Johnson, Bethany C. Morrow, Lora Hyler, Eric Lorberer, and Dr. Artika Tyner.

    • 37 min
    Episode 45 - Douglas Kearney

    Episode 45 - Douglas Kearney

    In this episode, Lissa sits down with the poet, performer, and librettist Douglas Kearney. Kearney has published six books, most recently, Buck Studies (Fence Books, 2016), winner of the Theodore Roethke Memorial Poetry Award, the CLMP Firecracker Award for Poetry and silver medalist for the California Book Award (Poetry). Kearney teaches creative writing at the University of Minnesota, Twin Cities. 

    • 1 hr 15 min
    Episode 44 - Kalisha Buckhanon

    Episode 44 - Kalisha Buckhanon

    In the Season 5 premier, Lissa sits down with author Kalisha Buckhanon to discuss her new novel Speaking of Summer (COUNTERPOINT, 2019). This episode was recorded live at Magers & Quinn Booksellers in Minneapolis.

    Kalisha Buckhanon is the author of the novels Solemn, Conception, and Upstate, which was selected as an inaugural National Book Foundation Literature for Justice title. She also appears on Investigation Discovery, BET, and TV One as a true crime expert in cases involving women.

    • 49 min
    Episode 43 - Dr. Josie R. Johnson, Carolyn Holbrook, and Arleta Little

    Episode 43 - Dr. Josie R. Johnson, Carolyn Holbrook, and Arleta Little

    On this episode, Lissa sits down with civil rights icon Dr. Josie R. Johnson and her co-authors Carolyn Holbrook and Arleta Little to discuss Johnson's memoir Hope in the Struggle.

    • 35 min
    Episode 42 - Author Emily Bernard

    Episode 42 - Author Emily Bernard

    In this episode, Lissa speaks with Author and Professor Emily Bernard about her debut collection of personal essays Black is the Body: stories from my grandmother's time, my mother's time, and mine (Alfred A. Knopf, 2019). Emily was born and raised in Nashville, Tennessee. She holds a B. A. and Ph. D. in American Studies from Yale University. Emily is a Professor of English at the University of Vermont. To learn more about Emily Bernard's work and purchase her book, visit www.emilybernard.com.

    • 43 min

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