Kekla Magoon

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Our Modern Minstrelsy

The phrase literary blackface came up in popular conversation recently, when Barnes & Noble announced they were putting out a line of classic literature titles that had been reissued with “diverse” covers in celebration of Black History Month. Novels like Peter Pan, The Wizard of Oz, and The Secret Garden...

The Season of Styx Malone: Kekla Magoon's 2019 BGHB Fiction and Poetry Award Speech

A few years back, a friend and I went into a frozen yogurt shop — you know, one of those places where they give you a big bowl and you fill it with whatever flavors and toppings you want, and then they weigh the monstrosity you’ve created and charge you fifteen...

A Vision for the CSK: Past, Present, and Future

My first novel came out ten years ago, and one year later, in 2010, it was honored with the John Steptoe Award for New Talent by the Coretta Scott King Book Awards Jury. I was surprised and delighted on a number of levels when I got the call that January...

The Writer's Page: The Un-Hero's Journey

Kekla Magoon at the Allen County Public Library's Pontiac Branch in Fort Wayne, Indiana. Photo: Benita BrowningMy very first author presentation was in a library branch in my hometown, the Allen County Public Library’s Pontiac Branch in Fort Wayne, Indiana. My first book, The Rock and the River, had just...

A Second Look: Roll of Thunder, Hear My Cry

It was one of those rickety paperback book racks that creak when you turn it. It listed to one side, so I made sure to stand on the side it was leaning away from, in order to see the books better.Spin. Creak. Spin. Creak.I’d read most of these books already....

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