Toni Morrison

“Every person is legitimate”, Silver Sparrow on NPR

I am delighted to post the link to my recent NPR interview. It was such a pleasure to sit down with Michele Norris, who is just as amazing in person as she is on the air. We talked about bigamy, Girls Write Now, Toni Morrison, “invisible” girls, Spelman College, magic wands, Johnetta Cole, writing, mentoring, and SILVER SPARROW.

Click and listen.

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(Toni Morrison and Angela Davis)

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ToMo in Newark!

Toni Morrison

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OMG! OMG! OMG! I’ve just gotten the word that TONI MORRISON will read at Rutgers-Newark next year!

You all know that I am obsessed with ToMo. I was so dialed up over the news– which came via txt message from Jayne Anne Phillips — that I was unable to sleep. I wanted to call Cozbi and say, “Make me the baddest suit, ever! Start looking for fabric now!” Even typing this now, I have a tight feeling in my throat, making it hard to drink my coffee.

Toni Morrison at Rutgers-Newark.

Jayne Anne is amazing. You got to hand it to her. Our MFA program is only three years old. But we have charged forth with our mission which is to have the most diverse and dynamic MFA program in the country. And when we say diverse, we aren’t just talking about race, we mean nationality, sexuallity, and age. Our motto is Real Lives, Real Stories and we mean it. Our budget has always been modest, but with new cuts, it’s been slashed to ribbons. But still, one of the best reading series in the NYC area is on our campus, in Newark, New Jersey. We’ve hosted Junot Diaz, Patrica Smith, Yusef Komunyakaa, Rick Moody, Jaci Jones Lamon, E.L. Doctorow, and now: Toni Morrison.

It’s time for me to order my Joe Biden T-shirt.

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