Episode 18: Zinzi Clemmons
Zinzi Clemmons was raised in Philadelphia by a South African mother and an American father. She is a graduate of Brown and Columbia universities, and her writing has appeared in Zoetrope: All-Story, The Paris Review Daily, Transition, and elsewhere. She is a cofounder and former publisher of Apogee Journal and a contributing editor to Literary Hub. She has been in residence at the MacDowell Colony, Bread Loaf, the Fine Arts Work Center in Provincetown, and Dar al-Ma’mûn in Marrakech, Morocco. Clemmons lives in Los Angeles with her husband.
Discussed In This Episode
Autofiction. "We're expected as people of color to be spokespeople for our race." Diversity in publishing. How do we define experimental literature? Using white space, charts and other media in writing. The Truth and Reconciliation Commission report. Writing as "a cycle of guilt and action." Cutting away the obvious. Knowing your limitations. "It's almost a matter of physics: You can't be writing and participating at the same time."
What We Lose, Zinzi Clemmons
"Uses For This Body," Zinzi Clemmons
"Where Is Our Black Avant Garde?", Zinzi Clemmons
The Writing Life, Annie Dillard
Reading Like a Writer, Francine Prose
The Argonauts, Maggie Nelson
Notes of a Native Son, James Baldwin
The Bluest Eye, Toni Morrison
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