Swing Low: Black Men Writing

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In a companion volume to I Know What the Red Clay Looks Like, Rebecca Carroll presents candid, powerful, sometimes humorous interviews with 17 of America's best black male novelists, poets, journalists, and playwrights. They talk about their individual experience as black men and as black writers in America. Each interview has been shaped into a single-voice narrative and is accompanied by a brief biography, a full-page photograph of the author, and an excerpt from his work. ...
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Overview

In a companion volume to I Know What the Red Clay Looks Like, Rebecca Carroll presents candid, powerful, sometimes humorous interviews with 17 of America's best black male novelists, poets, journalists, and playwrights. They talk about their individual experience as black men and as black writers in America. Each interview has been shaped into a single-voice narrative and is accompanied by a brief biography, a full-page photograph of the author, and an excerpt from his work.
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Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
A companion volume to Carroll's I Know What the Red Clay Looks Like: The Voice and Vision of Black Women Writers published this past fall, Swing Low collects interviews with and excerpts from 16 black male authors. The collection spans a diverse group including seasoned veterans like Henry Louis Gates Jr., Ishmael Reed, playwright August Wilson, and Pulitzer Prize-winning poet Yusef Komunyakaa, as well as newer voices like Trey Ellis, Darryl Pinckney and journalist Nathan McCall. The interviews are similarly various: exceptionally funny and insightful, each author really reveals something about himself, personally or politically, something that helps readers gain new understanding of his work. Refreshingly, few of these authors spew the typical `I was born to write' lines. Instead, they talk about what schooling they had or jobs they took before being published. They also discuss what experiences led them to write, the differences between professional and passionate writing, and how they write. ``The ability to work alone in complete solitude is difficult,'' says Leon Forrest at one point; ``I remember when I first got the notion of writing in my head, I set up my typewriter at the beach thinking that I would be able to write while I socialized and looked at young ladies! But this is not the way of the writer. The solitude and the loneliness are the dues that a writer must pay.'' (Feb.)
Library Journal
These companion volumes consist of editor Carroll's insightful interviews with a range of writers, followed by excerpts from their works. In Red Clay, Carroll focuses on issues and conflicts black women face today. The men featured in Swing Low talk about their individual experiences as black men and as black writers in America.
School Library Journal
YAThis collection of writings by 16 living black American men explores their common experiences with the literary creative process. Organized to include a photograph of and introductory essay by each contributor, the volume presents excerpts of acclaimed work in autobiography, poetry, drama, and nonfiction, offering richly textured reading for thoughtful YAs. John Edgar Wideman phrases the invitation: ``the kind of writing I do requires participation. I'm not giving anything away. I am asking for your mind to meet my mind and somewhere in the middle for the two of us to create something.'' What opportunities for creativity these selections offer aspiring writers! From August Wilson's street dialogue in a scene from his drama Fences to journalist Nathan McCall's prison memoirs in Makes Me Wanna Holler to Yusef Komunyakaa's ``truthing'' poems, mature students will welcome these works, resonant with common sense and magnetic language.Margaret Nolan, W.T. Woodson High School, Fairfax, VA
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780517599815
  • Publisher: Crown Publishing Group
  • Publication date: 2/7/1995
  • Edition description: 1st ed
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 266
  • Product dimensions: 5.69 (w) x 8.36 (h) x 1.08 (d)

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