Black authors have their own unique space in literature because no one else can go where they can go or actually be where they have been. To go without reading Black literature of any genre means to have gone without. It means to have ignored the majority of the entire world.
This brings us to James Bennett, II, the GBH News Arts & Culture reporter who will host a virtual event titled Who We Are Writing For: Black Authors Discuss Craft and Audience where two authors Simeon Marsalis and Tatiana Johnson-Boria will share their own unique perspectives literature that uplifts and informs the Black community.
Inspired by the Paul Laurence Dunbar poem, We Wear the Mask, Simeon Marsalis released As Lie Is To Grin in 2017 which follows a young man with a bright future ahead of himself who is living beneath the cloak of lies. He has lied about who he is in order to fit into a place that doesn’t look like him and may not have the same experiences as him. He even hides who he truly is from his girlfriend all while still trying to find and become comfortable with displaying who he truly is.
As far as Tatiana Johnson-Boria, she is a writer and artist who also will discuss identity and healing from traumas that are inherited.
The event is free and will take place on Zoom on October 21, 2021, from 5:30 to 6:30. Get your tickets here.