Tayari Jones on Black Women Writers

Former Jenny McKean Moore Writer in Residence Tayari Jones reflects upon literary traditions, finding one’s voice, and the work of black women writers:

Black women writers of my generation must have a bravery that exceeds that of the women who went before us. Although they are said to have paved the way, I think a better metaphor is that they cleared away the brush. The road down which the next generation will travel is still in need of pavement. There is molten tar to be mixed and spread. The work will be difficult, dangerous, and essential.

Read the rest of Tayari’s short essay at the blog Persephone Speaks.

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