Black Market Reads podcast features an engaging line-up of authors for Women's History Month

Mary Moore Easter, Desiree Cooper dazzle listeners with podcast offerings culminating in live event with Sonya Renee Taylor - free and open to the public
By: Givens Foundation for African American Literature
The Body is Not an Apology.
The Body is Not an Apology.
MINNEAPOLIS - March 20, 2018 - PRLog -- The Givens Foundation for African American Literature presents insightful interviews with three award-winning authors in honor of Women's History Month, culminating with a live podcast recording in partnership with Magers & Quinn Booksellers. Now available for listeners are episodes featuring:

MARY MOORE EASTER the author of The Body of the World (Mad Hat Press 2018). A finalist for the 2017 Prairie Schooner Book Prize, she is also author of the chapbook Walking From Origins (Heywood Press). Widely published (Poetry, Waterstone, NY Times, etc.), she is a Pushcart Prize-nominated poet, Cave Canem Fellow, veteran dancer/choreographer, and emerita Professor of Dance at Carleton College. Easter has been honored by Bush and McKnight fellowships and The Loft Creative Non-Fiction Award.

DESIREE COOPER, a Pulitzer-prize nominated journalist, community activist, and former attorney. She speaks with host Lissa Jones about her award-winning 2016 collection of flash-fiction, titled Know the Mother (Wayne State University Press).

Finally, BMR host Lissa Jones moderates a conversation with activist, performance-poet, and founder of The Body is Not an Apology, SONYA RENEE TAYLOR. The event is free and open to the public and recorded live for the podcast. (Sunday March 25th, 5:00 p.m. at Jefferson Community School auditorium, 1200 W 26th St, Minneapolis, MN) The event is organized by Magers & Quinn Booksellers and co-sponsored with the Givens Foundation for African American Literature. Ms. Taylor released her book The Body is Not an Apology: The Power of Radical Self-Love in February (Berret-Koehler Publishers, Inc.).

Where can listeners find Black Market Reads?

Episodes of Black Market Reads are available on Libsyn (, the Apple podcast app, Android, Stitcher, and many other common podcast platforms.

Archival episodes of Black Market Reads are still available and feature conversations between the show's first season hosts Erin Sharkey and Junauda Petrus, with writers including Roxane Gay, Dean Moss, Mat Johnson, Paul Beatty, and others.

Now in it's 3rd Season, BMR Host Lissa Jones continues the dialog around creativity and cultural production within Black American literature.


Lissa Jones serves as creator, executive producer, and host, of 'Urban Agenda'  the longest continuously running program on KMOJ Radio, Minnesota's oldest Black radio station, providing weekly coverage of issues, trends and public policy decisions affecting urban people of color, with special emphasis on using history as a teaching tool.

Ms Jones authored 'Voices of the Village' a column in the Minnesota Spokesman-Recorder, a Black woman-owned and led newspaper. She is a frequent presenter on the intersection of black history and present day thought, on Black historical figures and movements. Most recently, Ms Jones has been a part of collaborative broadcasts with Minnesota Public Radio, an emerging adventure!

Black Market Reads is made possible by the voters of Minnesota through a Minnesota State Arts Board Operating Support grant, thanks to a legislative appropriation from the arts and cultural heritage fund. Production services provided by

Herman Milligan, Chair
Givens Foundation for African American Literature
Source:Givens Foundation for African American Literature
Tags:Women S History Month, African American Authors, Literature
Location:Minneapolis - Minnesota - United States
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