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Ghosts of History: An Interview with Jesmyn Ward by Louis Elliott
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Congratulations to Ward on winning the 2017 National Book Award for Sing, Unburied, Sing.

Between Then and Now: on Kara Walker and Ta-Nehisi Coates by Rabia Ashfaque
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Reminding us of what should never have been forgotten

Stephen O’Connor by Melody Nixon
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”In a way, I am like some demented lawyer seeking only to get a hung jury—with the saving grace being that, when the truth is not obvious, people tend to do their most profound and significant thinking.”

Kara Walker & Larry Walker
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“I would like to do more of that kind of thing: travel, spend some time in a place and really work from a different vantage point. I don’t know what will happen in my work from that, but I trust my ability to find the tools to find my way into my work. I think I will sit out in the woods more.”

A Measure of Respect by Kelvin Christopher James

In the slave yard, it sets a standard. Desperate folks demonstrating who is hardier, or more foolish. 

Randy Wray by Keith Mayerson
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Keith Mayerson on how Randy Wray’s paintings and sculptures channel a Southern gothic sensibility through a 21st-century surrealist technique. Mayerson is currently showing work at Derek Eller Gallery.

Evelyne Trouillot by Edwidge Danticat
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Novelist and poet Evelyne Trouillot comes from a prominent Port-au-Prince family of writers and intellectuals. Novelist Edwidge Danticat queried the writer on Haiti’s past and its future.

Sibylle Fischer
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The Practice + Theory series is sponsored in part by the Frances Dittmer Family Foundation.

David Scott by Stuart Hall
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The Practice + Theory series is sponsored in part by the Frances Dittmer Family Foundation.

Erna Brodber by Keshia Abraham
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Reading Dr. Erna Brodber’s novel Myal (New Beacon Books, 1988) is a transformative experience that unchains both truths and memories and moves you to explore what she calls the “half that’s not been told.” 

James Casebere by Roberto Juarez
The Federal Writer’s Project’s Remembering Slavery by Suzan Sheman

In the early 1930s, shortly after the invention of the portable audio recorder, the Federal Writers’ Project documented the experience of slavery by interviewing those who had lived under it.

Ellen Douglas’s Truth: Stories I am Finally Old Enough to Tell by Betsy Sussler
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Ellen Douglas’s Truth: Four Stories I Am Finally Old Enough to Tell contains scattered tales and facts gathered from her relatives, and the residents and archives of the author’s community.

Amistad: The Opera by Rone Shavers
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Amistad, an opera commissioned by Philadelphia and Chicago, is not merely a musical remake of the film but a complex and conundrum-filled version of a tragic event.

Two Poems by Mariahadessa Ekere Tallie

This First Proof contains the poems “Raindrop Women,” and “Lineage.”

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