This week on Black and Published, Nikesha speaks with Nicole Cuffy, author of Dances. Nicole is a D.C.-based writer with a BA from Columbia University and an MFA from The New School. She is a lecturer at the University of Maryland and American University. Her work can be found in Mason’s Road, The Master’s Review Volume VI (curated by Roxane Gay), Chautauqua, and Blue Mesa Review, and her chapbook, Atlas of the Body, won the Chautauqua Janus Prize and was a finalist for the Black River Chapbook Competition. When she is not writing, she is reading, and when she is not reading, she is probably dancing.
In our conversation, we discuss how she plans and researches her stories whether she's talking about classical ballet or anatomy. Plus, how history usurped her original premise for the setting of her novel, and why she's resistant to the label of African-American literature and only thinks of herself as a writer and not a "Black writer."