Minorities In Publishing

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Synopsis

Bimonthly podcast from Jenn Baker (and guests within the industry) on diversity (or lack thereof) in publishing.

Episodes

  • Episode 98: Interview with Renée Watson

    Episode 98: Interview with Renée Watson

    14/04/2020 Duration: 41min

    MiP welcomes back Renée Watson who has had quite the trajectory since she first appeared on the podcast five years ago this month. She talks about her new book from Bloomsbury Ways to Make Sunshine, writer's block & imposter syndrome, and also her trajectory over the years and how much her stories for Black girls continue to showcase range & beauty. Transcription for this episode can be found on the Episode tab of the podcast Tumblr.

  • Episode 97: Interview with Connor Goldsmith

    Episode 97: Interview with Connor Goldsmith

    05/03/2020 Duration: 45min

    Jenn speaks with literary agent Connor Goldsmith (Fuse Literary) on his path to agenting from film casting, why publishing/agenting would make a bad reality show, and the financial realities of agenting and how privilege comes into play with stability in publishing.  [Transcription can be found on the Episodes page of the podcast Tumblr.]

  • Episode 96: Interview with Abigail Hing Wen

    Episode 96: Interview with Abigail Hing Wen

    21/01/2020 Duration: 36min

    [This interview was conducted over Skype so there may be some audio variation.] Jenn speaks with debut author (and recent NYT bestseller) Abigail Hing Wen about her book Loveboat, Taipei, combating Asian stereotypes in her work, pursuing writing and another full-time career, and the ways in which character journeys can mirror one's own.  Transcription of this episode can be found on the Episodes tab of the podcast Tumblr. 

  • Episode 95: Interview with Angela Maria Spring

    Episode 95: Interview with Angela Maria Spring

    26/12/2019 Duration: 43min

    [This interview was conducted over Google Hangouts, there may be some audio variation.] Jenn speaks with Angela Maria Spring, owner of Duende District, about her trajectory as a bookseller from the midwest to the east coast and back. Spring mentions the hardships of crowdfunding, the importance of a bookstore honoring BIPOC artists, and the importance of bookselling in the publishing industry. Transcription for this episode can be found on the Episodes page of the podcast Tumblr. 

  • Episode 94: Interview with Kacen Callender

    Episode 94: Interview with Kacen Callender

    12/11/2019 Duration: 35min

    [Please note this interview was conducted via Google Hangouts. Audio quality may vary.] Jenn speaks with author Kacen Callender (Queen of the Conquered, Hurricane Child, This is Kind of an Epic Love Story) about their background as an editor, the perils of privilege for the protagonist in their adult debut, and the ways in which they pursue storytelling and outcomes for different readerships from their education to decolonizing their reading.  Transcription for this interview will be available on the Episodes tab on the podcast Tumblr. 

  • Episode 93: Interview with Rena Barron

    Episode 93: Interview with Rena Barron

    09/10/2019 Duration: 36min

    [This interview was conducted over Skype, so there may be some audio variation.] Jenn speaks with Rena Barron (Kingdom of Souls, Maya and the Rising Dark) about her growth as a writer, the necessity of a wider range of fantasy stories featuring People of Color, and her upcoming middle grade fantasy that takes place in Chicago's Southside.  Transcript for this episode will be available on the Episodes tab of the podcast Tumblr. 

  • Episode 92: Interview with Sailaja Joshi

    Episode 92: Interview with Sailaja Joshi

    17/09/2019 Duration: 49min

    [This interview was conducted via phone and the audio quality on speakers will vary.] Jenn speaks with Bharat Babies publisher Sailaja Joshi about the creation of a new independent imprint focused on South Asian stories, the work behind-the-scenes as a new indie publisher, and the overall goals and support needed when making such a venture for young readers.  Transcription of this episode will be available on the Episodes page of the MiP podcast's Tumblr. 

  • Episode 91: Interview with Bassey Ikpi

    Episode 91: Interview with Bassey Ikpi

    27/08/2019 Duration: 34min

    Jenn talks with author and mental health advocate Bassey Ikpi (I'm Telling the Truth But I'm Lying) about her new book and the depictions within it along with the ways she pursued writing & utilizing memory in personal essays on mental illness and diagnosis. 

  • Episode 90: Interview with Keah Brown

    Episode 90: Interview with Keah Brown

    31/07/2019 Duration: 46min

    This interview was conducted over Skype so there may be some audio variation. Author and disability activist Keah Brown (The Pretty One) openly discusses the discomfort she felt in a lack of reflections of disabled POCs in media, her thoughts on breaking in to publishing with no to low-pay opportunities, and how her book reflects more of the evolution of self and a push against ableism in existing and experiencing inherent joy. [Transcription of this episode will be available in the Episodes tab on the MiP tumblr.]

  • Episode 89: Interview with Tanisha C. Ford

    Episode 89: Interview with Tanisha C. Ford

    16/07/2019 Duration: 40min

    Jenn spoke with author and professor Tanisha C. Ford about her new memoir Dressed in Dreams, which ties in personal history with cultural representation and fashion. This discussion ran the gamut from Black hair care, to nostalgia for FUBU and Karl Kani, to the importance of fashion within Black culture and what it set the stage for in terms of individual expression. [Transcription of this episode can be found on the Episodes tab on Tumblr.]

  • Episode 88: Interview with Sonya Chung

    Episode 88: Interview with Sonya Chung

    18/06/2019 Duration: 58min

    Author Sonya Chung (The Loved Ones, Long for This World) discusses her essay dissecting the issues of gaze and focus in Green Book and the documentary Period: End of Sentence, how she formulated success as a published author, and her experiences publishing with a Big 5 imprint and an indie press. Transcript of this episode can be found on the Episodes tab on the MiP Tumblr. 

  • Episode 87: Elizabeth Acevedo  Meg Medina (Creative Conversation)

    Episode 87: Elizabeth Acevedo & Meg Medina (Creative Conversation)

    28/05/2019 Duration: 01h07min

    The latest episode is the live recording of the March 27, 2018 Creative Conversation with Meg Medina and Elizabeth Acevedo at I, Too Arts Collective in East Harlem. This event was in celebration of the publication of The Poet X. Meg and Elizabeth read from their latest, at the time, books and discuss Latinx representation, their approach to writing fully fleshed characters, and struggles with imposter syndrome.  [Transcript will be available on the Episodes tab.]

  • Episode 86: Interview with Radix Media

    Episode 86: Interview with Radix Media

    22/04/2019 Duration: 44min

    Jenn speaks with co-owners of Brooklyn based Radix Media, Lantz Arroyo and Sarah Lopez, about the work of printers, being a new independent publisher, and the case for worker cooperatives to provide equity in the workplace.  [Transcription will be available on the Episodes tab of the Tumblr.]

  • Episode 85: Live Recording at TechForum with Jael Richardson

    Episode 85: Live Recording at TechForum with Jael Richardson

    25/03/2019 Duration: 43min

    [Audio and Transcription of this episode was provided by BookNet Canada] Road Trip to Toronto for the latest episode! At this year's Tech Forum conference Jenn spoke with author and founder of the Festival of Literary Diversity (FOLD), Jael Richardson, about the creation of an inclusive literary festival, the work to maintain representation, and also the benefits and concerns about tagging/separating books by marginalized authors when it comes to consumers finding these works. Transcription of this episode can be found on the Episodes page of the podcast Tumblr site. 

  • Episode 84: Creative Conversation with Carole Boston Weatherford  Frank Morrison

    Episode 84: Creative Conversation with Carole Boston Weatherford & Frank Morrison

    06/03/2019 Duration: 52min

    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 respectively, the history of hip-hop/rap music, and their thoughts on some of the greatest artists of our time.

  • Episode 83: Interview with Jerry Craft

    Episode 83: Interview with Jerry Craft

    21/02/2019 Duration: 35min

    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. 

  • Episode 82: Interview with Imani Josey

    Episode 82: Interview with Imani Josey

    23/01/2019 Duration: 43min

    [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 traditional published author with a mind for business.  Transcription of this episode can be found on the Episodes tab on the MiP Tumblr. 

  • Episode 81: Interview with Bria Kiara

    Episode 81: Interview with Bria Kiara

    02/01/2019 Duration: 31min

    [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. [Transcription of this episode will be available on the podcast Tumblr 'Episodes' tab.]

  • Episode 80: Interview with Dawn Quigley

    Episode 80: Interview with Dawn Quigley

    19/12/2018 Duration: 40min

    [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. 

  • Episode 79: Interview with SJ Sindu

    Episode 79: Interview with SJ Sindu

    05/12/2018 Duration: 45min

    [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 intersectional stories (and reviewers) in the industry.

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