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Bimonthly podcast from Jenn Baker (and guests within the industry) on diversity (or lack thereof) in publishing.
 
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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 discussed their origins as writer and visual artist respect ...…
 
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.
 
[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," and her trajectory as a self-published and traditi ...…
 
[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 unique vision for those included and who it represents. ...…
 
[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.
 
[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 perspectives of LGBTQ+ narratives and importance of inter ...…
 
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 hard to retain marginalized employees. [Transcrip ...…
 
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 Yorker. [Transcription of this episode can be found on the ...…
 
[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 and outcomes of writing a trauma narrative, and the ...…
 
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.
 
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 and the importance of telling these stories to chi ...…
 
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 departments and in sales, and the difference in pursuits w ...…
 
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, and breaking into the science fiction genre as an au ...…
 
[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 properly pitch an editor, and how she wrote personal mat ...…
 
[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 jobs helped her learn to better market and create her wo ...…
 
[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. Transcription of this episode will be available on ...…
 
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 'Episodes' page of the podcast's Tumblr site.…
 
[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), why she started a feminist indie press, and inter ...…
 
[This interview was conducted via Skype, so there may be some audio variation.] Jenn speaks with Nicole Blades (Have You Met Nora?, Earth's Waters, The Thunder Beneath Us and the Hey Sis! podcast) about her new novel, the prevalence of colorism, and how she utilizes her experience in journalism in her fiction writing. A transcript of this episo ...…
 
[This interview was conducted via Skype so there will be some audio variation.] In the latest episode Jenn speaks with Nic Stone (Dear Martin) about how she came to write her debut, her experiences writing other marginalized identities, the fundamental necessity of critical thought in seeing progress, and her personal aesthetic when it comes to ...…
 
[This interview was conducted via Skype.] Jenn speaks with this year's National Book Award YPL longlist nominee Samantha Mabry (All the Wind in the World and A Fierce and Subtle Poison) about her new book with Algonquin Young Readers and being recognized for the #NBAwards, learning from students as a college instructor, and the Dallas literary ...…
 
[This interview was conducted via phone and edited/amplified, so there may be some audio variation.] Jenn speaks with National Book Award winner, and recent longlist nominee, Jesmyn Ward about her new novel Sing, Unburied Sing; the work that went into her NYT bestselling anthology The Fire This Time, and societal influence on the aging and demo ...…
 
Jenn speaks with author David Barclay Moore (The Stars Beneath Our Feet) about his trajectory from the Missouri to New York City, the healing capacity of the arts, his new middle grade book, and what he found to be the differences--from a craft perspective--between middle grade, young adult, and adult literature as a cross genre artist.…
 
[This interview was conducted via phone, post-editing may retain some audio variation.] In the 3-year anniversary episode of the Minorities in Publishing podcast, Jenn interviews author Jenny Zhang (Sour Heart; Dear Jenny, We Are All Find; The Selected) about her road to publication post-MFA program for her debut story collection, entering the ...…
 
In the latest episode, Jenn speaks with author and diversity advocate Madhuri Pavamani (The Sanctum Trilogy) about her newly published books in The Keeper Series with St. Martin's Press, being a woman of color writing about people of color in genres (fantasy & romance) that have a dearth of those reputations, as well as how she divides her time ...…
 
On the latest episode Jenn speaks with literary agent Saba Sulaiman about how she got into agenting and who may be a fit for this role in the industry, being a parent of a young child while navigating your career, and being an advocate at this time in the industry.
 
[This interview was conducted via Skype which may contribute to fluctuations in audio quality.] Marcus Kwame Anderson (illustrator for the comic Snow Daze and creator of the webcomic EastRaven) speaks to Jenn about the correlation of categories in the field of visual arts as compared to the written genre, how collaboration works from the illust ...…
 
[This interview was conducted via Skype, so there may be some audio variation.] Jenn spoke with founder and publisher of Koyama Press (which is celebrating their 10-year anniversary), Annie Koyama on how she got into publishing, the pursuit of doing what you love, the Con circuit, and the work involved behind small presses focusing on art books ...…
 
[Sound for this episode was edited by MR Daniel. Thanks MR!] On March 29th, the nonprofit I, Too, Arts Collective held a celebratory NYC book launch for Renée Watson's new young adult novel Piecing Me Together with Renée in conversation with National Book Award finalist Jason Reynolds at Langston Hughes' brownstone in East Harlem. The two read ...…
 
[This interview was conducted via Skype and sound was edited by MR Daniel.] In the latest episode Jenn interviews Rahul Mehta (Quarantine, No Other World) to discuss the process of promoting and writing his sophomore effort, being a writer from the Southern region and how little we hear about this area especially for marginalized artists, as we ...…
 
On the latest episode, Jenn speaks with writer, publicist, and social media editor Alaina Leary about the ways that have helped her get her pitches accepted by publications, how employers should be cognizant to the needs of disabled applicants and employees, and the job of a publicist who isn't in New York City. [The transcript for this episode ...…
 
Author of the Book of Addis series Brooke Obie speaks with Jenn about her debut novel, embracing dialect to tell the story she needed to, pursuing self-publication, the Neo-Slave Narrative, and the various avenues of support writers may receive and how to handle disappointment.
 
On the latest episode Jenn speaks with disability advocate, writer, and PhD candidate Lara Ameen on what accessibility really means for inclusivity, how few and far between disability representation is seen in media, and recognition of true ally-ship within the marginalized community.
 
On the latest episode Jenn interviews 2016 Center For Fiction First Novel Prize winner Kia Corthron (The Castle Cross the Magnet Carter) about being an older debut novelist, the path to publication of an epic tome, and the reality of representing marginalized people both within and outside one's background.…
 
On the latest episode Jenn speaks with literary agent Mariette B. Zacker of Gallt & Zacker Literary Agency. Topics they discuss include the range of knowledge for being an agent and using that to your advantage, the inaccuracy of anyone thinking that diversity is a "trend," as well as the necessary work yet to be done in publishing to make marg ...…
 
[Please note this episode was recorded over Skype, which may account for some audio variation and blips.] On the latest episode Jenn speaks with the New York Times bestselling authors of All American Boys Brendan Kiely and Jason Reynolds about their collaborative process--especially when it comes to such an important topic, their touring and ex ...…
 
In the last of three episodes with this year's group of We Need Diverse Books' publishing interns, Jenn speaks with Jocquelle S. Caiby, Alexandra Hightower, and Jessica Howard about the realities of being a literary agent, including the financial side, and how that impacts the work they do while also reinforcing the passion they have to see mor ...…
 
In the second of three episodes with this year's group of We Need Diverse Books' publishing interns, Jenn speaks with Maya Marlette and Rafiatou Ouro Aguy about their love of books leading them to publishing as a career option, the necessity of a paid internship, and how to navigate your way as you start off in the publishing industry.…
 
In one of three episodes with this year's group of We Need Diverse Books' publishing interns, Jenn speaks with Manny Blasco, Pia Ceres, and Talia Chaves about how they found publishing, their journey to remain in the industry, and the importance of diversifying the field with paid internships and more outreach.…
 
[This interview was conducted via Skype.] Jenn speaks with author of Insurrections, professor, and satire editor for Queen Mob's Rion Amilcar Scott about his debut story collection, the myth that stories about Black people are only for Black people, as well as the understanding achieved from writing an "unpublishable" book before a publishable ...…
 
The latest episode is the second half of a live panel held at BookCourt on June 27th called "The Realities of Publishing." Panelists included previous MiP guests Diana Pho and Ebony LaDelle, as well as Stephanie Jimenez, Todd Hunter, and Connor Goldsmith speaking to their positions in publishing, how they got where they are, and tips for new ap ...…
 
On this episode Jenn speaks with Nahshon Anderson who has won a Brio award, Lambda Literary fellowship, and is a NYSCA panelist about Nahshon's memoir-in-progress Shooting Range, being diligent in the pursuit of funding as an artist, and also Nahshon's trajectory from working in entertainment to building a life as a writer.…
 
On this episode Jenn speaks with Senior Editor Jill Petty who has had much experience not only in social justice work but in publishing. They talk about the current perception of "better" diversity in the industry, the nuts & bolts of her job as an acquisitions editor, and diversity versus anti-racist work.…
 
The latest episode is the first half of a live panel held at BookCourt on June 27th called "The Realities of Publishing." Panelists included previous MiP guests Diana Pho and Ebony LaDelle, as well as Stephanie Jimenez, Todd Hunter, and Connor Goldsmith speaking to their positions in publishing and what relationships they have with authors in h ...…
 
[Note this interview was conducted via Skype and audio adjustments have been made.] Jenn speaks with editor, photographer, writer, and speaker Taté Walker about her entry into publishing, the work of Native Peoples Magazine, how to pitch to an editor, and also the importance of the masses making the call for more diversity & actively seeking ou ...…
 
[Note this interview was conducted via Skype and audio adjustments have been made.] Jenn speaks with cartoonist Mari Naomi about her upcoming work Turning Japanese as well as the realities of being a self-taught artist including touring, pursuing your work above all else, and the need for more recognition of artists of color and in the LGBTQ co ...…
 
[Note this interview was conducted via Skype and audioadjustments have been made.] Jenn speaks with debut author, nonfiction editorof Tahoma Literary Review, and freelanceconsultant Yi Shun Lai about being a debut author with anindependent feminist press, the process of being nonfiction editorfor a literary magazine and the importance of transp ...…
 
[Sound editing for this episode was provided by MR Daniel. Thanks, MR!] In this episode Jenn speaks with Sophia Chester (creator/author of Cosmic Callisto Caprica), Leland Cheuk (author of The Misadventures of Sulliver Pong), and Mira Jacob (The Sleepwalker's Guide to Dancing) expound on being marginalized writers and also what their respective ...…
 
Field trip episode to Brooklyn Public Library! Jenn speaks with associate editor at Catapult and creator of Specter literary journal Mensah Demary about access and opportunity in regards to the publishing industry, the creative class, helping uplift new voices, and the dichotomy of the writer's self from the professional self.…
 
Jenn speaks with former YA trade editor and debut author of Wintersong Sarah (JJ) Jae-Jones via Skype about the realities of being in trade publishing, her expectations as an editor turned author, the difficulties of intersectionality when it comes to the diversity discussion, and also how defensiveness doesn't help progress.…
 
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