Mecca Jamilah Sullivan-Blue Talk & Love

Mecca Jamilah Sullivan


Mecca Jamilah Sullivan, Ph.D., is the author of the short story collection, Blue Talk and Love, and winner of the 2018 Judith Markowitz Award for Fiction. Her stories have appeared in Callaloo, Feminist Studies, Best New Writing, American Fiction, Prairie Schooner, Crab Orchard Review, TriQuarterly, Narrative Northeast, and many others. Her critical essays on gender and sexuality in the African Diaspora have appeared in GLQ: Lesbian and Gay Studies Quarterly, American Literary History, The Scholar and Feminist, American Quarterly, Palimpsest, Public Books, College Literature,, and others. She is currently Assistant Professor of English at Bryn Mawr College, where she is completing a novel.


Exploring Identity & Altering History: Two Short Story Collections

In his collection, The World Doesn't Require You, Rion Amilcar Scott explores religion, violence, and love while shattering genre lines. Mecca Jamilah Sullivan, in blue talk & love, tells the stories of girls and women of color navigating the moods and mazes of urban life. Join these authors to hear about how they craft their stories of identity and altered history.

Moderator: Karin Pendley Koser

A video producer, publicist, college lecturer, and former television reporter, Karin Pendley Koser attained her MFA in Creative Nonfiction and Screenwriting in May of 2019 and is working to complete a screenplay and memoir. Karin’s reading stack reflects her deep love for African-American writers, including Langston Hughes, James Baldwin, Gwendolyn Brooks, Jesmyn Ward, Alice Walker, and Toni Morrison.

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Blue Talk & Love

The award-wining collection Blue Talk and Love tells the stories of girls and women of color navigating the moods and mazes of urban daily life. Set in various enclaves of New York City — including the middle-class Hamilton Heights section of Harlem, the black queer social world of the West Village, the Spanish-speaking borderland between Harlem and Washington Heights, and historic Tin Pan Alley — the collection uses magic realism, historical fiction, satire and more to highlight young black women’s inner lives. In each story, the characters push past what is expected of them, learning to celebrate their voices and their lives.

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