I'd like to say thank you to everyone who has supported me on my journey to completing my first novel. To those of you who don't know me or my work and are visiting this page for the first time, welcome.
Over the next few weeks, I hope to share with you a little of my progress as I begin research on my new book -- a yet-to-be titled historical novel, set in the 1920s and involving the founding and establishment of The Brotherhood of Sleeping Car Porters, the predominently African-American labor union, led by A. Philip Randolph. Sleeping car porters worked on the railroads, cleaning and preparing sleeping cars and acting as valets and waiters for passengers. The union struggled for more than a decade before they received recognition and equity from the Pullman Company.
As part of my research, I'll be traveling by train from Oakland to New York City, following the path of those porters from years ago. This trip will include a visit to the A. Philip Randolph Museum in Chicago. Along the way, I'll be sharing with you what I learn and experience. Thank you for coming along.
Thursday, July 9, 2009
I recently returned from the Kenyon Review Writers Workshop, which was a wonderful experience for me. The program included the nightly readings by both instructors and participants and it is now available for downloads. The link is below.
Please follow the instructions on the page. You can listen to me reading on TUESDAY* night and during the OPEN MIC** night. I'd check out the instructors reading too because it was fabulous. Check out Nancy Zafris, Rebecca McClanahan and Lee Martin on the first night, if you have time.
*I'm on near the end. * *I'm up about fifth or sixth that night.
The podcast will be available until December and then go forever. I hope you enjoy listening to it.