Black & Published

You Should be Horrified with Zakiya Dalila Harris

June 28, 2022 Nikesha Elise Williams / Zakiya Dalila Harris Season 2 Episode 24
Black & Published
You Should be Horrified with Zakiya Dalila Harris
Show Notes

On this episode of Black & Published, Nikesha speaks with Zakiya Dalila Harris, author of the novel, The Other Black Girl. Zakiya spent nearly three years in editorial at Knopf/Doubleday before leaving to write her debut novel. Prior to working in publishing, Zakiya received her MFA in creative writing from The New School. Her essays and book reviews have appeared in Cosmopolitan, Guernica, and The Rumpus. 

During the conversation, Zakiya discusses how the main setting of her novel is really a placeholder for any white/male dominated industry. The liberation she found in her big chop and how those feelings of hair tangled themselves in her fiction, and why she believes some of the circumstances of Black life in America are still absolutely horrifying. 

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