Spotlight on: Mecca Jamilah Sullivan

2015 Festival of Women Writers welcomes


Mecca Jamilah Sullivan

the author of Blue Talk &Love, a stunning, incisive, newly published collection.  Blue Talk & Love tells the stories of girls and women of color navigating the moods and mazes of urban daily life.

   “This is a story that matters, so listen. I’ma tell it. The summer my words were snatched away, the weatherman on Channel Nine kept promising a heat wave. Had me dreaming of days curled up under the dust and rattle of the AC with my son Anthony Jesus, and nights in the Village with my lady and our squad. It was the summer after high school graduation, and a heat wave woulda left my mother too drained to hassle me about my life, my weight, and my plans.” from Wolfpack

Mecca Jamilah Sullivan, Assistant Professor of Women, Gender, Sexuality Studies at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst, was born and raised in Harlem, NY; has received the Charles Jonson Fiction Award, the James Baldwin Memorial Playwriting Award and honors from the National Endowment for the Arts, the Mellon Foundation and the Center for Fiction in New York City. She is Associate Editor for Arts & Culture at The Feminist Wire.

Praise for Blue Talk & Love

“Tender, blunt, joyous, angry, indomitable—these are a few words to describe the characters inhabiting Mecca Sullivan’s deeply felt first collection.”  Carolyn Ferrell, author of Don’t Erase Me

“In a prose as rich and sumptuous as brocade, these stories hit with the the force of primal myths. They can be tender, they can be funny, and they can shock. This is a book that grabs you low on the spinal column and rattles your teeth together. Sullivan is a powerful and impressive writer.” Samuel R. Delany, author of Through the Valley of the Nest of Spiders 

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In addition to reading from her collection, Mecca Jamilah Sullivan will also offer the workshop, IN WANT AND DESIRE: Writing The Body in Fiction.  Examining pacing, structure, and point-of-view, this Workshop will generate specific techniques for addressing the stories of characters whose bodies live beyond them.

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Author: Breena Clarke

I'm the author of three historical novels that engage the lives and communities of culturally diverse characters. My novels are set among African American identified people in the mid-Atlantic region of the United States. I am a co-founder and co-organizer of The Hobart Festival of Women Writers. I am on the fiction faculty of Stonecoast MFA in Creative Writing at The University of Southern Maine.

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