Minorities in Publishing

Bimonthly podcast from Jenn Baker (and guests within the industry) on diversity (or lack thereof) in publishing.

Society & Culture, Arts, Literature

Jenn speaks with co-owners of Brooklyn based Radix Media, Lantz Arroyo and Sarah Lopez, about the work of printers, being a new independent publisher, and the case for worker cooperatives to provide equity in the workplace.  [Transcription will be available on the Episodes tab of the Tumblr.]
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[Audio and Transcription of this episode was provided by BookNet Canada] Road Trip to Toronto for the latest episode! At this year's Tech Forum conference Jenn spoke with author and founder of the Festival of Literary Diversity (FOLD), Jael Richardson, about the creation of an inclusive literary...
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On January 10th, the nonprofit I, Too, Arts Collective held a celebratory NYC book launch for the picture book The Roots of Rap, a collaboration between award-winning & acclaimed artists  Carole Boston Weatherford and Frank Morrison at Langston Hughes’ brownstone in East Harlem. The two discu...
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Jenn speaks with artist/illustrator Jerry Craft about his trajectory as a cartoonist from regular strips to self-publishing to his latest graphic novel (New Kid) pubbing with a Big 5 publisher. Jerry shares his aesthetic which is bringing humor and heart to stories prioritizing Black families. 
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[This episode was heavily edited and conducted over Skype, so please not audio variation.] Jenn speaks with Imani Josey (The Blazing Star) about creating a realistic and mindful historical YA novel with Black protagonists, the inspiration from her pageant background for her short story "Crown," ...
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[This interview was conducted via Google Hangouts, some audio variation may be heard.] Jenn speaks with the creator of the new literary journal Day Dreamers, Bria Kiara about her inspiration and the nitty gritty details of starting your own print journal and the balance to maintain it as a uniqu...
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[This interview was conducted via Google Hangouts, some audio variation may be present.] Jenn spoke with debut author and professor Dawn Quigley (Apple in the Middle) about writing for trade vs. academia, presenting Native American identities in fiction, and what it was like her debut year. 
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[Please note that audio variation occurs in this episode, which was conducted via phone.] On the latest episode Jenn speaks with author SJ Sindu about her novel Marriage of A Thousand Lies, her path to publishing her first novel after leaving tech and moving towards creative writing, the perspec...
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Jenn spoke with scholarly publishing employees Celine and T (in marketing and sales, respectively) about their personal experiences as people of color within their work place, the necessity and also the push back of creating a diversity committee, and how microaggressions on the job have made it...
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Jenn speaks with author Lilliam Rivera (The Education of Margot Sanchez, Dealing in Dreams) about the hardships of writing short fiction, how she wrote her debut YA novel, incorporating social justice elements in her work, and character development, along with being a born & raised New Yorke...
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[This interview was conducted via Skype so there may be some audio variation.] Content Warning: This episode contains discussion on sexual and emotional assault. Jenn speaks with Peter Gajdics (Inheritance of Shame) about the struggles to write his memoir on conversion therapy, the experience an...
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In the latest episode Jenn speaks with James Han Mattson (The Lost Prayers of Ricky Graves) about his time in the Iowa Writers' Workshop, the pathway to publication, how the It Gets Better campaign inspired his current book, and the reality of what publishing (and life) is like for People of Color.
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On September 27, 2017, YPL National Book Award finalist Ibi Zoboi and author of The Jumbies Tracey Baptiste celebrated the launch of the follow-up to Tracey's critically acclaimed book with Rise of the Jumbies. They spoke of Black female representation, particularly in mythology versus folklore a...
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Jenn speaks with marketing associates Jalissa Corrie (Lee & Low Books) and Bianca Salvant (Atria Books/37 Ink) about their respective roles in book marketing. They shed light on the differences between marketing and publicity, the importance of rounding out representative teams in their depa...
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The latest episode welcomes editor at Macmillan's Imprint and author Rhoda Belleza (Empress of a Thousand Skies and Blood of a Thousand Stars). She and Jenn spoke about her entry into publishing via working for a book packager, how she draws a line between her editorial life and writing life, an...
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[This interview was conducted via Google Hangouts so there may be some audio variation.] Jenn speaks with Morgan Jerkins (This Will Be My Undoing) about her debut book that releases today(!), the hardships she found getting a foot in the door in publishing, Black women empowerment, how to proper...
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[This interview was conducted via Skype, so there may be some audio variation.] On the first episode of 2018, Jenn speaks with artist/musician/writer Arigon Starr (Super Indian) about her ongoing comic book Super Indian, the tenacity & passion it takes to pursue the arts, and how previous jo...
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[This episode was conducted via Skype so there may be some audio variation.] Jenn speaks with cartoonist Nidhi Chanani (Pashmina) about her debut graphic novel, using art as a form of resistance and utilizing happiness to enhance awareness, and how committing oneself to art means perseverance. T...
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Jenn speaks with author/illustrator Vashti Harrison (Little Leaders: Bold Women in Black History) about her fast paced trajectory as a published author, her paths in film and illustration, and the work behind her upcoming book to represent so many Black legends.   Transcript can be found on the ...
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[This interview was conducted via Skype and there may be some audio variation.] Jenn speaks with Shade Mountain Press publisher and author Rosalie Morales Kearns (Kingdom of Women, Virgins and Tricksters) to discuss the role Catholicism has played in her writing (and most notably her new novel),...
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